The Dane returned a fabulous card of 62 (-9) at the start of the tournament. The French also shone.
The Højgaard twin brothers shone in the bright sunshine of domestic golf on Thursday. Nicolaï is 24th at -2. Special mention for Rasmus. With a fabulous card of 62 (-9), the Dane, author of 10 birdies for a bogey, takes the lead in the 104th Open de France. Rasmus, 20, equals the course record with his 62, a score achieved in 2009 by Martin Kaymer in the first round and by the late Eduardo Romero in the 2nd round in 2005.
In less than three years on the European circuit, the Danish nugget Rasmus Højgaard has won no less than three tournaments. We will obviously have to count on him this week at national golf. “To be honest, I didn’t feel like I was performing very well on my tee shots, but my little game was very good today, with putting on fire“, rejoiced the impressive leader. Full sun also for the Swede Alexander Björk, author of a card of 64 (-7), rich with seven birdies and virgin of bogey. “I’ve had a tough season so far, I haven’t had the results I wanted, so I’ve tried to stay positive, to be patient. I feel like I got the hits, but it wasn’t going my way until today.”
With no wind and accessible issues, the 2018 Ryder Cup course struggled to hold its own in the opening round. They are thus 52 players to have played under par. Favorites like Scotsman Robert MacIntyre and Belgian Thomas Pieters also took advantage of favorable conditions to ambush with cards of 67 (-4).
Many of the 29 French players have done well. Six are in the top 10. Paul Barjon, the most American of French golfers, who has been living in Texas for several years, was one of the great animators of the day. On the podium at the end of the first round, he even offered himself the head of the tournament at midday with a remarkable 65 (-6). Player of the PGA Tour this season, but relegated to the second division on the Korn Ferry Tour, Barjon was particularly comfortable on the Albatross. Not bad for a player who hadn’t played in an official tournament here since he was 14 years old during the minimal French championships… The New Caledonian, who started from hole 10, notably managed five birdies between holes 12 and 17.”It’s a good start, with great ball strikes. The iron shots leave like on the Playstation, it’s nice.»
With an excellent 66 (-5), Julien Brun is in the provisional top 5. And yet, according to him, he does not play the golf of his life. “I’ve had some difficult days in recent weeks but sometimes when you don’t feel well, you project yourself less and sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise.”. In the team that played in the amateur world championships a few days ago, on this same national golf course, amateurs Martin Couvra (-5), Tom Vaillant (-3) and Oihan Guillamoundeguy (-2) proved that ‘ they had the course in the eye! With cards of 68 (-3), Matthieu Pavon, Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon, resident of the Challenge Tour (2nd division) and 16th in 2016, also point to the gates of the top 10.
“It’s a good first lap, I’m a bit in the continuity of Wentworth where I hit the ball well the last two lapsrejoices Pavon, recent 9th at the BMW PGA Championship. I believe this is my best card here in a French Open and even when I come to train here “. Victor Perez, who is one of the favorites for the final victory, returned a solid card of 69 (-2). Just like Jean-Baptiste Gonnet. Day to forget, however, in particular, for Victor Dubuisson, 76 (+5), Thomas Levet (+6) and Romain Langasque, 153rd at +8 (79).