Scotland, spearheaded by Graham Fox made a satisfactory start to their defence of the PGAs of Europe international
team title at Palmares on the Algarve today (Tuesday).
Fox, pictured, led the individual standings with a par 72, a great score in the high winds and despite finishing with a double bogey.
He had marked up an eagle at the 17th.
Team-mates David Orr and Greg McBain had scores of 78 and 79 respectively. With only two of a team's three individual scores to count daily, McBain's score was discarded.
At the end of the first day, Scotland were lying third on 150, one shot behind joint leaders Netherlands and
LEADING INDIVIDUAL SCORES
72 Graham Fox (Sco)
73 Ralph Miller (Ned), Jacob Nordesgaard (Den)
74 Magnus Atlevi (Swe), Jose Lara (Spa).
75 Justin Brink (Austria), Emanuele Canonica (Italy), Benjamin Nicolay (France).
76 Knut Schiager (Norway), Peer Martin (Germany), Robin Swan (Netherlands), Michiel Vyncke (Belgium), Morten Hedegaard (Denmark), Brendon McGovern (Ireland), Thomas Jusko (Slovakia).
SELECTED OTHER SCORES
77 Cian McNamara (Ireland), Lee Rooke (Wales) (T16)
78 David Orr (Scotland), Nick Brennan (England) (T20)
79 Greg McBain (Scotland), Jon Bevan (Wales), Stuart Runcie (Wales) (T25).
80 David Greenwood (England) (T36)
81 John Kelly (Ireland) (T42)
85 David Callaway (England) 64th.
Field of 78 playes.
LEADING TEAM TOTALS
149 Netherlands, Denmark
153 Sweden, Spain,France, Ireland
156 Wales, Austria
157 Germany, South Africa, Belgium.
BRUTAL WIND BLOWS SCORES SKY HIGH ON THE ALGARVE
FROM THE PGAs OF EUROPE WEBSITE
Brutal, tough and a struggle
were some of the more restrained reactions at the end of a wind-ravaged
opening round of The PGAs of Europe International Team Championship on
Wind-fuelled turbulence on the adjacent
Mediterranean was replicated on the Alvor Course at the Onyria
Palmares Beach and Golf Resort and reflected by the scores after the
first of four rounds.
The tournament is supported by Glenmuir,
the Associaçäo Turismo do Algarve and Ryder Cup European Development
Trust and that Holland and Denmark head the 26-strong field with a score
of five-over is testament to the havoc wrought by Mother Nature.
Likewise the fact that Scotland, the
defending champions who lie third on six-over, posted an opening return
of seven-under at the same venue 12 months ago.
again by David Orr, the Scottish trio was indebted to one of its two
new members – Graham Fox (picture right) – for an impressive start.
His level par round of 72 was the best
of the day. Nevertheless Fox, who is attached to Clydeway Golf, Glasgow,
was left to rue what might have been after a double bogey at the final
hole. And that that followed an eagle at the par five 17th only served
to compound his frustration.
“It was a good start but the double
bogey was a real disappointment,” he said. “It was pretty tough out
there – we were having to take four irons for shots of 160 yards.”
Similarly, Ralph Miller (pictured above)
and Jacob Nordestgaard, the key contributors for Holland and Denmark
respectively, were left to ponder ifs, buts and maybes.
Miller, the Dutch-based English PGA
Professional, was two-under at the turn but, with the wind even more
malevolent on the back nine, ended what he described as a ‘brutal’ round
(pictured left), also finished one-over after a round that featured
five birdies but was pock-marked with a double and four single bogeys.
He, too, found the going difficult and
said: “Every hole was a real struggle. Thankfully I putted well and my
iron play was good. It needed to be in those conditions.”
Nordestgaard, who is making his first
appearance in a tournament which his nation has yet to win, was
supported by Morten Hedergaard. He completed his round in four-over, the
same as Holland’s Robin Swane.
Fox, meanwhile, was supported by Orr who
finished on six-over, a round that ensured a three-stroke advantage
over France, Ireland, Spain and Sweden who share fourth place.
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