Vierumäki Finnish Challenge R1

Van Driel storms into early lead in Finland

August 01-04
Vierumäki Resort, Vierumäki, Finland
€200,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Darius van Driel carded an opening round of 63, nine under par, to open up a three-shot lead at the end of day one of the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge.

Vierumäki Finnish Challenge R1
Photo credit: Janne Tarmio

The Dutchman, who is going in search of his second European Challenge Tour title after his maiden triumph at the 2018 Euram Bank Open, made the perfect start to the week with a spectacular first round performance at Vierumäki Resort, which included nine birdies and an eagle.

His birdie blitz on day one smashed the previous course record at the Finnish venue and means that the 30-year-old will begin day two at the top of the leaderboard for the second time in less than a month, having led the way after 18 holes at the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge.

He sits three shots ahead of South African Bryce Easton, Spain’s Ivan Cantero Gutierrez and Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, who all recorded six under par rounds of 66. 


Despite conditions being considerably colder than the players have faced in recent weeks, van Driel had little problem adjusting on a course where he finished in a tie for second in 2016.

‘’I was on holiday last week and didn’t touch my clubs at all and then came out here and didn’t have time to play a practice round,’’ he said. ‘’On the range this morning it felt like I would have been happy with a 72 and then I bogeyed the first hole as well, which perhaps wasn’t too surprising.

‘’It felt really cold out there, especially considering the conditions we’ve had in Europe over the last month or so, but I was able to putt well, and made an eagle on the first hole, my tenth, which always helps.’’

Easton, playing in the first group of the day, made quick work of his opening round, firing six birdies in his first ten holes as he goes in search of his first Challenge Tour title. Cantero Gutierrez closed with two birdies to ensure he was bogey-free for the round, while Karlberg also finished with a flourish, recording a birdie and an eagle on his final two holes

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Mikael Salminen finished the day as the best-placed Finnish player after an opening round of 68, four under par, a year after Kim Koivu become the first home player to triumph at the tournament.

A group of five players, including German Dominic Foos, Norway’s Eirik Tage Johansen, Swede Christofer Blomstrand and French duo Clément Berardo and Edouard Dubois, sit on five under par, four shots off the lead.

Van Driel will begin his second round at 1:30pm local time, with Bryce Easton starting day two at 12:30pm and Cantero Gutierrez continuing his title challenge at 7:30am.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-9
63
2
CANTERO GUTIERREZ Ivan
ESP
-6
66
2
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-6
66
2
KARLBERG Rikard
SWE
-6
66
5
BERARDO Clément
FRA
-5
67
5
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
-5
67
5
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
-5
67
5
FOOS Dominic
GER
-5
67
5
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-5
67
10
ABBOTT Jamie
ENG
-4
68
10
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-4
68
10
GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
-4
68
10
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
-4
68
10
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
-4
68
10
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-4
68
10
MOYNIHAN Gavin
IRL
-4
68
10
NEMECZ Lukas
AUT
-4
68
10
PETROZZI Gian-Marco
ENG
-4
68
10
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-4
68
10
SALMINEN Mikael
FIN
-4
68
10
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
-4
68
10
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
-4
68
23
BLAND Richard
ENG
-3
69
23
GREHAN Stuart
IRL
-3
69
23
HILL Calum
SCO
-3
69
23
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
-3
69
23
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
-3
69
23
MACCARIO Federico
ITA
-3
69
23
QUESNE Julien
FRA
-3
69
23
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-3
69
23
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-3
69
23
STALTER Joël
FRA
-3
69
23
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
-3
69
23
TILEY Steven
ENG
-3
69
35
ANGLES Pep
ESP
-2
70
35
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
-2
70
35
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-2
70
35
DAWSON Robin
IRL
-2
70
35
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-2
70
35
ELVIRA Manuel
ESP
-2
70
35
EVANS Ryan
ENG
-2
70
35
GALIANO AGUILAR Mario
ESP
-2
70
35
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-2
70
35
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-2
70
35
HUIZING Daan
NED
-2
70
35
ITEN Marco
SUI
-2
70
35
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-2
70
35
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
-2
70
35
MADDY Paul
ENG
-2
70
35
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
-2
70
35
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-2
70
35
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-2
70
35
VIRTO Borja
ESP
-2
70
54
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-1
71
54
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-1
71
54
JENSEN Lasse
DEN
-1
71
54
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-1
71
54
LINARD Thomas
FRA
-1
71
54
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-1
71
54
PIAGET Sandro
MON
-1
71
54
RUSCH Benjamin
SUI
-1
71
54
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
-1
71
54
SAXTON Reinier
NED
-1
71
54
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-1
71
54
YOUNG Mark
ENG
-1
71
66
COOPER Joe
USA
0
72
66
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
0
72
66
DEAN Joe
ENG
0
72
66
EDBERG Pelle
SWE
0
72
66
ERKENBECK James
USA
0
72
66
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
0
72
66
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
0
72
66
GASPAR Miguel
POR
0
72
66
GRANBERG Joonas
FIN
0
72
66
LIPPARELLI Edoardo Raffaele
ITA
0
72
66
RIU Victor
FRA
0
72
66
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
0
72
66
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
0
72
79
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
1
73
79
BENSON Seve
ENG
1
73
79
BESSELING Wil
NED
1
73
79
CHO Rak hyun
KOR
1
73
79
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
1
73
79
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
1
73
79
GAGNE Luis
CRC
1
73
79
GARCIA-HEREDIA Alfredo
ESP
1
73
79
GAVINS Daniel
ENG
1
73
79
HANSON Chris
ENG
1
73
79
HIDALGO Angel
ESP
1
73
79
HIETALA (AM) Alex
FIN
1
73
79
KARLSSON (AM) Rasmus
FIN
1
73
79
KOEPKA Chase
USA
1
73
79
MURRAY Tom
ENG
1
73
79
PERRIER Damien
FRA
1
73
79
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
1
73
79
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
1
73
79
SCHWARTZ Antoine
FRA
1
73
79
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
1
73
79
STEWART Duncan
SCO
1
73
79
ZUNIC Jordan
AUS
1
73
101
ECCLES Ben
AUS
2
74
101
ECKHARDT Albert
FIN
2
74
101
EGGENBERGER Mathias
SUI
2
74
101
FORD Matt
ENG
2
74
101
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
2
74
101
Hundebøll JØRGENSEN Oliver
DEN
2
74
101
KIM Minkyu
KOR
2
74
101
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
2
74
101
MYLLYMAKI Aleksi
FIN
2
74
101
NIENABER Wilco
RSA
2
74
101
RUUSKA Lauri
FIN
2
74
101
SAULO (AM) Ilari
FIN
2
74
101
SCHMITT Max
GER
2
74
101
SNECK Kalle
FIN
2
74
101
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
2
74
101
VALASEK Peter
SVK
2
74
101
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
2
74
118
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
3
75
118
BERGAMASCHI Filippo
ITA
3
75
118
BERNA MANZANARES Daniel
ESP
3
75
118
BESSA Tomás
POR
3
75
118
BOOTE David
WAL
3
75
118
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
3
75
118
EROFEJEFF Peter
FIN
3
75
118
GEYGER Nico
CHI
3
75
118
GREGORY Scott
ENG
3
75
118
HENRY Scott
SCO
3
75
118
MEJOW Philipp
GER
3
75
118
NEIL Bradley
SCO
3
75
118
ROSS Craig
SCO
3
75
118
VAN DOREN Yente
BEL
3
75
132
BAEK Peter Launer
DEN
4
76
132
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
4
76
132
FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
4
76
132
GLOET Christian
DEN
4
76
132
JONASSON Erik
SWE
4
76
132
NILEHN Fredrik
SWE
4
76
132
ORRIN Max
ENG
4
76
132
POKE Benjamin
DEN
4
76
140
CELIK (AM) Berk
TUR
5
77
140
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
5
77
140
FORD Charlie
ENG
5
77
140
GROS Sébastien
FRA
5
77
140
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
5
77
140
VALIMAKI Sami
FIN
5
77
146
COUPLAND Dave
ENG
6
78
146
GALLIANO Luca
SUI
6
78
146
JUSSLIN Toffe
FIN
6
78
146
YAMAC (AM) Taner
TUR
6
78
150
KAPLAN (AM) Orkunhan
TUR
7
79
150
LANGFORS Per
SWE
7
79
153
LEITMANNSTETTER Aaron
GER
8
80
154
GAL Petr
CZE
9
81
155
WITTMANN Sebastian
AUT
11
83
156
MURRAY Michael
USA
13
85
156
PEACOCK Daniel
NIR
0
79