Saudi International R1

Horsey hits the front in Saudi

February 04-07
Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia
$3,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Saudi International 2021 R1 - Horsey hits the front in Saudi
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Englishman David Horsey fired seven birdies on his back nine for bogey free round of 61 to take a one shot lead in the opening round of the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers.


“It’s a shock actually. I’ve been playing rubbish the last couple weeks. Didn’t feel like I controlled my ball the first two events.”

The four-time European Tour winner came home in just 28 shots to add to earlier birdies on the fifth and sixth holes, setting the early pace on nine under par at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.



“I had a conversation with a pal back home last night, talking a few things through and suggested something that I work on away from the tournament. Knowing me, I thought, well, can’t get any worse, so I may as well try it and here we are. It was just how my body is moving quite sort of technical really. It’s nice to have a feel you can sort of wake up and pick up straightaway. I didn’t really feel like I missed many shots. I holed a couple of nice, lengthy putts as well and it all adds up to 61.”

Horsey missed the cut in the first two events of the European Tour’s Middle East swing, but he holds a one stroke advantage over former Ryder Cup player Stephen Gallacher, of Scotland, who posted ten birdies in an eight under par round of 62.


“I actually hit it really close to the pin today which was good, and I managed to hole those sort of ten-foot putts for birdie I had. It was one of those sort of just go on a roll and kept knocking them in,” said Gallacher.

“ I wanted to just draw a line in the sand for 2020. With everything that happened, the pandemic, my dad, losing friends, it was just one of those terrible years. I couldn’t wait for 2021 come really and get back to sort of a bit of normality and get back playing and back enjoying it.

“I worked hard in the winter in the gym and on my net in the house, and came out early and showed a bit of formerly doors. So, 2020, just erase it from my memory and look forward now to 2021.”




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Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger is two shots further back on six under par after signing for a 65, with U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau amongst a group on five under.

“I’m definitely very pleased,” said DeChambeau. “I was driving it a bit all over the place for the most part out there. Hit some good drives to six and seven. But was definitely struggling with the driver and a little bit of the irons, and I have to clean that up for tomorrow. If I can do that and put the way I did today, I’ll certainly be pleased.



“I know that I’m putting well. I know that I can hit it far out here. I’m disappointed it’s not as far as I would like it but once I got out there and was hitting some wayward shots, you have to try to rein it in and control it better.

“I was able to do that for the most part and miss it in the right places and hopefully I miss it in the right places when I do hit it off-line.”

World Number One Dustin Johnson opened with a three under par 67, as did his two playing partners, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship winner Tyrrell Hatton and reigning Race to Dubai Champion Lee Westwood.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
David Horsey
-9
61
2
Stephen Gallacher
-8
62
3
Bernd Wiesberger
-6
64
T4
Thomas Pieters
-5
65
T4
Haotong Li
-5
65
T4
Bryson DeChambeau
-5
65
T4
Ryan Fox
-5
65
T4
Calum Hill
-5
65
T4
Marcus Kinhult
-5
65
T10
George Coetzee
-4
66
T10
Masahiro Kawamura
-4
66
T10
Fabrizio Zanotti
-4
66
T10
Andy Sullivan
-4
66
T10
Laurie Canter
-4
66
T10
Jhonattan Vegas
-4
66
T10
Mikko Korhonen
-4
66
T17
Victor Perez
-3
67
T17
Martin Kaymer
-3
67
T17
Takumi Kanaya
-3
67
T17
Dustin Johnson
-3
67
T17
Lee Westwood
-3
67
T17
Tyrrell Hatton
-3
67
T17
Antoine Rozner
-3
67
T17
Thomas Detry
-3
67
T17
Kurt Kitayama
-3
67
T17
Joost Luiten
-3
67
T17
Ian Poulter
-3
67
T17
Danny Willett
-3
67
T17
James Morrison
-3
67
T17
Jeff Winther
-3
67
T31
Chris Paisley
-2
68
T31
Oliver Wilson
-2
68
T31
Sean Crocker
-2
68
T31
Guido Migliozzi
-2
68
T31
Viktor Hovland
-2
68
T31
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-2
68
T31
Matthieu Pavon
-2
68
T31
Matthias Schwab
-2
68
T31
Ashun Wu
-2
68
T31
Steven Brown
-2
68
T31
Ross McGowan
-2
68
T31
Justin Walters
-2
68
T31
Justin Harding
-2
68
T31
Adrian Otaegui
-2
68
T31
Justin Rose
-2
68
T31
Phil Mickelson
-2
68
T31
Tommy Fleetwood
-2
68
T31
Tony Finau
-2
68
T49
Kevin Na
-1
69
T49
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
69
T49
Richard Sterne
-1
69
T49
Jorge Campillo
-1
69
T49
Shergo Al Kurdi (a)
-1
69
T49
Kalle Samooja
-1
69
T49
Adri Arnaus
-1
69
T49
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
69
T49
Søren Kjeldsen
-1
69
T49
Min Woo Lee
-1
69
T49
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-1
69
T49
Romain Langasque
-1
69
T49
Dean Burmester
-1
69
T49
Paul Casey
-1
69
T49
John Catlin
-1
69
T49
Patrick Reed
-1
69
T49
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-1
69
T49
Aaron Rai
-1
69
T49
Ross Fisher
-1
69
T49
Jazz Janewattananond
-1
69
T49
Julian Suri
-1
69
T49
Grant Forrest
-1
69
T49
Joel Stalter
-1
69
T72
Lucas Herbert
E
70
T72
David Drysdale
E
70
T72
Andrew Johnston
E
70
T72
Ashley Chesters
E
70
T72
David Lipsky
E
70
T72
Rasmus Højgaard
E
70
T72
Matthew Southgate
E
70
T72
Jason Kokrak
E
70
T72
Graeme McDowell
E
70
T72
Garrick Higgo
E
T72
David Law
E
70
T72
Cormac Sharvin
E
70
T72
Kristoffer Broberg
E
70
T72
Francesco Laporta
E
70
T72
Haydn Porteous
E
70
T72
Harry Hall
E
70
T72
Julien Guerrier
E
70
T72
Joachim B. Hansen
E
70
T72
Brandon Stone
E
70
T72
Shane Lowry
E
70
T72
Sergio Garcia
E
70
T93
Jordan Smith
1
71
T93
Wilco Nienaber
1
71
T93
Alvaro Quiros
1
71
T93
Maximilian Kieffer
1
71
T93
David Howell
1
71
T93
Benjamin Hebert
1
71
T93
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
1
71
T93
Paul Waring
1
71
T93
Wade Ormsby
1
71
T93
Lorenzo Gagli
1
T93
Gavin Kyle Green
1
71
T93
Othman Almulla
1
71
T93
Robert MacIntyre
1
71
T93
Abraham Ancer
1
71
T93
Scott Hend
1
71
T93
Alexander Levy
1
71
T93
Victor Dubuisson
1
71
T110
Jamie Donaldson
2
72
T110
Renato Paratore
2
72
T110
Alexander Björk
2
72
T110
Henrik Stenson
2
72
T110
Miguel Angel Jiménez
2
72
T110
Oliver Fisher
2
72
T110
Zander Lombard
2
72
T110
Eduard Rousaud (a)
2
72
T118
Richie Ramsay
3
73
T118
Tapio Pulkkanen
3
73
T118
Richard McEvoy
3
73
T118
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
3
73
T118
Edoardo Molinari
3
73
T118
Chris Wood
3
73
T118
Paul Dunne
3
73
T118
Sebastian Soderberg
3
73
T118
Sami Valimaki
3
73
T118
Matt Wallace
3
73
T128
Scott Jamieson
4
74
T128
Andrea Pavan
4
74
T128
Ernie Els
4
74
T128
Jayden Schaper
4
74
T128
Thomas Bjørn
4
74
T128
Marc Warren
4
74
T134
Jason Scrivener
5
75
T134
Nino Bertasio
5
75
136
Raphael Jacquelin
6
76
137
Faisal Salhab (a)
7
77
138
Saud Al Sharif
10
80