Paul Barjon (65, -6), leader after his first lap one step ahead of Jamie Donaldson and James Morrison: “A good start, a great shot, a bit like in my reconnaissance game on Wednesday. The moves parent as I want, a bit like on console. The tournament is long, one day is fine, but you have to do four good ones to lift the trophy. I don’t have a lot of pressure unlike those who have to keep their card on the European Tour: I have to win. »
Matthieu Pavon (68, -3), well inserted two shots from the head: “I’m a bit of a continuation of Wentworth, where I had hit the ball really well during the last two tours. There, it was good, there were very, very solid passages. There were 2, 3 great iron shots with a lot of intensity. The course is oppressive on several holes and I unfortunately dropped a point or two. But overall it was a good game, a solid game. It must be my best card at the French Open, or even during my practice sessions at the Golf National. »
Patrick Reed (73, +2), after a double bogey at 15 and three bogeys to finish: “I pass the outward journey in -1 somewhat miraculously. Then on the return, when I just went to -3 after my birdie at 14, I miss two left swings which cost me a lot, delivered me worse from really complicated approaches, even with a ball in the water at 15 The success left me a bit too, with a pair of putts that did not find the target. »
On the second half of the field, still in play, the Swede Alexander Björk (-3) and the Dane Rasmus Hojgaard (-5) achieve a promising first leg and could upset the hierarchy of this first round.