European Tour

Sky Sports British Masters 2018

October 11-14

Walton Heath Golf Club, Walton-on-the-Hill, England

£3,000,000

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October 11-14

Walton Heath Golf Club, Walton-on-the-Hill, England

£3,000,000

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Round 1

Home heroes off to flying start at Walton Heath

October 11, 2018

Ryder Cup star and reigning Race to Dubai Champion Tommy Fleetwood carried his imperious recent form into the Sky Sports British Masters, carding a five under par opening round 67 to share the overnight lead with his fellow Englishmen Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace.

Home heroes off to flying start at Walton Heath, © Getty Images

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“It felt really, really tough," said Fleetwood. "But overall I hit a ton of good shots. I putted very well. I holed out well. But the pace of the greens is not easy. You can get a lot of putts where it's very difficult to get the pace, and you can end up with a lot of three-, four-, five-footers, so I did that well, and it is nice to finish off the round with a birdie. Always makes it feel better."

It was an eventful start to the historic event – hosted this week by World Number Two Justin Rose at Walton Heath - as Fleetwood lived up to the billing as one of the headline acts, despite finding himself in a bizarre situation on the 17th as his ball ended up in the cupholder of an on-course buggy.

Although Fleetwood – playing alongside Ryder Cup-winning team-mates Francesco Molinari and Thorbjørn Olesen - received a free drop, the 27 year old had to settle for a bogey, but his sixth birdie of the day at the final hole was met with rapturous cheers from the galleries.

“It's the first time a few of the (Ryder Cup) team have been back, and three of us played together, so it was nice to have a warm reception, especially on to the greens and on to the first tee and coming down the last, just for the team really," said Fleetwood.

“It's still kind of fresh, isn't it? It feels like a long time ago right now, but it's still quite fresh. It was nice just to be back together and playing. It's a very different. It's a bit of a grind really today with the weather, but still, it's great all being back together.”

Pepperell, meanwhile, carded an incredible hole-in-one on the par three ninth as his tee shot landed directly in the cup, bounced back out and then spun back into the hole. He followed that with a birdie and an eagle on his way to a share of the lead.

"It (the hole in one) was a nice shot. It was funny, I missed the putt on the hole before and felt, there's a tough par-3 coming up and then I go and make a hole-in-one. Funny game. It was obviously bizarre. From where I was standing it looked like it pitched in the hole, jumped up, looked like it was going long because of the height it came out, and then from there just went in. Yeah, very nice."

"I played awful in the pro-am yesterday, probably the worst I've played for a good while, so I was out there a bit on the range trying to figure some stuff out, and I wouldn't say I played great today, I just had that really hot run, and obviously two eagles, that helped my score. I suppose it's just one of those bizarre days, totally bizarre."

Wallace's 67 came courtesy of an eagle, six birdies and three bogeys as the three Englishmen sat one shot clear of the chasing pack which included Frenchman Alexander Levy – who was yet to finish his round as darkness fell and play was suspended overnight.

“It was pretty good," said Wallace, "but a little bit shaky in areas. I missed a few short putts, which weren't nice, and a bogey on the end there was just bad course management really. But the rest was really good. Gave myself a lot of chances, played nice, room for improvement I'd say."

“You can definitely feel the atmosphere, and being in a group of three English guys, as well, with Sully and Ollie, we had a great gathering out there, and it was good fun. Hopefully we can tear it up tomorrow together."

“It's nice to get to 50 appearances here and play the British Masters in my 50th. So that's nice, and hopefully I can make that number five this week and take it out. But you know what, it's been a great ride so far, and I'm enjoying the journey.”

Tournament host Rose lies seven shots back after struggling with illness over the past four days. The Olympic champion opened with a two over par round of 74 which included a run of four consecutive bogeys from his ninth hole, immediately followed by three successive birdies.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
67
T1
Matt Wallace
ENG
-5
67
T1
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
67
T4
David Lipsky
USA
-4
68
T4
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-4
68
T4
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-4
68
T4
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-4
68
T4
Alexander Levy
FRA
-4
-
T9
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
69
T9
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
69
T9
Clement Sordet
FRA
-3
69
T9
Gavin Green
MAS
-3
69
T9
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-3
69
T9
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-3
69
T9
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
69
T9
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-3
69
T9
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
69
T9
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
69
T9
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-3
69
T9
David Drysdale
SCO
-3
-
T21
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
70
T21
Julian Suri
USA
-2
70
T21
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-2
70
T21
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
70
T21
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
70
T21
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
70
T21
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-2
70
T21
Paul Dunne
IRL
-2
70
T21
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
70
T21
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
70
T31
Brett Rumford
AUS
-1
71
T31
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-1
71
T31
Danny Willett
ENG
-1
71
T31
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
71
T31
Jordan Smith
ENG
-1
71
T31
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-1
71
T31
Peter Hanson
SWE
-1
71
T31
Richard Bland
ENG
-1
71
T31
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
71
T31
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-1
71
T41
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
72
T41
Chase Koepka
USA
Par
72
T41
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
72
T41
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
Par
72
T41
James Morrison
ENG
Par
72
T41
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
72
T41
Lucas Herbert
AUS
Par
72
T41
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
72
T41
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
72
T41
Martin Kaymer
GER
Par
72
T41
Matteo Manassero
ITA
Par
72
T41
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
72
T41
Paul O'Hara
SCO
Par
72
T41
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
72
T41
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
72
T41
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
Par
72
T41
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
72
T41
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
72
T41
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
-
T60
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
73
T60
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
73
T60
Austin Connelly
CAN
1
73
T60
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
73
T60
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
73
T60
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
T60
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
1
73
T60
Francesco Molinari
ITA
1
73
T60
Haotong Li
CHN
1
73
T60
Nacho Elvira
ESP
1
73
T60
Oliver Farr
WAL
1
73
T60
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
73
T60
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
73
T60
Sam Brazel
AUS
1
73
T60
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
73
T60
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
73
T60
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
1
73
T60
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
73
T60
Andrew Dodt
AUS
1
-
T79
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
74
T79
Bradley Neil
SCO
2
74
T79
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
74
T79
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
74
T79
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
74
T79
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
2
74
T79
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
74
T79
Justin Rose
ENG
2
74
T79
Lee Westwood
ENG
2
74
T79
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
2
74
T79
Marc Warren
SCO
2
74
T79
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
2
74
T79
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
74
T79
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
74
T79
Thomas Detry
BEL
2
74
T79
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
2
74
T79
Robert Coles
ENG
2
-
T79
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
-
T97
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
75
T97
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
75
T97
Gregory Havret
FRA
3
75
T97
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
3
75
T97
Pelle Edberg
SWE
3
75
T97
Ryan Evans
ENG
3
75
T97
Ryan Fox
NZL
3
75
T97
Shane Lowry
IRL
3
75
T97
Thomas Aiken
RSA
3
75
T97
Daniel Im
USA
3
-
T107
Bradley Dredge
WAL
4
76
T107
Johan Edfors
SWE
4
76
T107
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
4
76
T107
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
4
76
T107
David Horsey
ENG
4
-
T107
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
4
-
T113
Chris Wood
ENG
5
77
T113
Haydn Porteous
RSA
5
77
T113
Jason Scrivener
AUS
5
77
T113
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
5
77
T113
David Howell
ENG
5
-
T118
Daniel Brooks
ENG
6
78
T118
Jason Norris
AUS
6
78
T118
Luke Donald
ENG
6
78
T118
Ashley Chesters
ENG
6
-
T122
Lasse Jensen
DNK
7
79
T122
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
7
79
T124
Pedro Oriol
ESP
8
80
T124
Scott Hend
AUS
8
80
126
Nino Bertasio
ITA
9
81
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
67
T1
Matt Wallace
ENG
-5
67
T1
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
67
T4
David Lipsky
USA
-4
68
T4
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-4
68
T4
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-4
68
T4
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-4
68
T4
Alexander Levy
FRA
-4
-
T9
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
69
T9
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
69
T9
Clement Sordet
FRA
-3
69
T9
Gavin Green
MAS
-3
69
T9
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-3
69
T9
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-3
69
T9
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
69
T9
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-3
69
T9
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
69
T9
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
69
T9
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-3
69
T9
David Drysdale
SCO
-3
-
T21
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
70
T21
Julian Suri
USA
-2
70
T21
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-2
70
T21
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
70
T21
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
70
T21
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
70
T21
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-2
70
T21
Paul Dunne
IRL
-2
70
T21
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
70
T21
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
70
T31
Brett Rumford
AUS
-1
71
T31
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-1
71
T31
Danny Willett
ENG
-1
71
T31
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
71
T31
Jordan Smith
ENG
-1
71
T31
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-1
71
T31
Peter Hanson
SWE
-1
71
T31
Richard Bland
ENG
-1
71
T31
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
71
T31
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-1
71
T41
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
72
T41
Chase Koepka
USA
Par
72
T41
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
72
T41
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
Par
72
T41
James Morrison
ENG
Par
72
T41
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
72
T41
Lucas Herbert
AUS
Par
72
T41
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
72
T41
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
72
T41
Martin Kaymer
GER
Par
72
T41
Matteo Manassero
ITA
Par
72
T41
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
72
T41
Paul O'Hara
SCO
Par
72
T41
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
72
T41
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
72
T41
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
Par
72
T41
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
72
T41
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
72
T41
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
-
T60
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
73
T60
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
73
T60
Austin Connelly
CAN
1
73
T60
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
73
T60
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
73
T60
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
T60
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
1
73
T60
Francesco Molinari
ITA
1
73
T60
Haotong Li
CHN
1
73
T60
Nacho Elvira
ESP
1
73
T60
Oliver Farr
WAL
1
73
T60
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
73
T60
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
73
T60
Sam Brazel
AUS
1
73
T60
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
73
T60
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
73
T60
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
1
73
T60
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
73
T60
Andrew Dodt
AUS
1
-
T79
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
74
T79
Bradley Neil
SCO
2
74
T79
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
74
T79
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
74
T79
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
74
T79
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
2
74
T79
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
74
T79
Justin Rose
ENG
2
74
T79
Lee Westwood
ENG
2
74
T79
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
2
74
T79
Marc Warren
SCO
2
74
T79
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
2
74
T79
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
74
T79
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
74
T79
Thomas Detry
BEL
2
74
T79
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
2
74
T79
Robert Coles
ENG
2
-
T79
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
-
T97
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
75
T97
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
75
T97
Gregory Havret
FRA
3
75
T97
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
3
75
T97
Pelle Edberg
SWE
3
75
T97
Ryan Evans
ENG
3
75
T97
Ryan Fox
NZL
3
75
T97
Shane Lowry
IRL
3
75
T97
Thomas Aiken
RSA
3
75
T97
Daniel Im
USA
3
-
T107
Bradley Dredge
WAL
4
76
T107
Johan Edfors
SWE
4
76
T107
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
4
76
T107
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
4
76
T107
David Horsey
ENG
4
-
T107
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
4
-
T113
Chris Wood
ENG
5
77
T113
Haydn Porteous
RSA
5
77
T113
Jason Scrivener
AUS
5
77
T113
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
5
77
T113
David Howell
ENG
5
-
T118
Daniel Brooks
ENG
6
78
T118
Jason Norris
AUS
6
78
T118
Luke Donald
ENG
6
78
T118
Ashley Chesters
ENG
6
-
T122
Lasse Jensen
DNK
7
79
T122
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
7
79
T124
Pedro Oriol
ESP
8
80
T124
Scott Hend
AUS
8
80
126
Nino Bertasio
ITA
9
81