Thursday, September 21, 2017

Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria, Vilamoura

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par 71 
64 J Luiten (Netherlands), G Coetzee (S Africa).

Scots' scores 
67 Marc Warren (T16)
68 Duncan Stewart, Connor Syme, Scott Jamieson (T27)
69 Paul Lawrie, Russell Knox (T41)
70 David Drysdale (T69)
71 Craig Lee (T112)
74 Stephen Gallacher (T129)
76 Ewen Ferguson (T140)


Joost Luiten and George Coetzee take a share of the lead into the second round of the Portugal Masters after recording rounds of 64 on day one at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.Dutchman Luiten set the target in the morning, with South Africa’s Coetzee later joining him on seven under par. 
Nino Bertasio of Italy, Frenchman Grégory Havret, Australia’s Jason Scrivener, Englishman Callum Shinkwin and China's Ashun Wu are at six under, while eight players are one shot further back at five under par.Luiten has a new driver in the bag and looks to have found form after missing the cut in three of his last four events, including on home soil at the KLM Open last week. Meanwhile Coetzee seems to be feeling the benefits of a few weeks re charging his batteries back home in South Africa after missing four cuts in a row, and is looking to build on his tied third place finish in The Netherlands last week.Starting on the back nine, Luiten made birdies on the 11th and 15th, and then added three in a row from the 17th to join the early leaders. An excellent chip on the par five fifth set up another gain to hand him top spot on his own.Coetzee got off to a fast start when the afternoon action got under way, birdieing six of his first eight holes to turn in 30 after also starting from the tenth. Scott Jamieson and Nicolas Colsaerts have both had putts for a 59 in Vilamoura in recent seasons, and Coetzee admits the number crept into is mind, but the momentum was lost when he bogeyed the second. Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland got his Portugal Masters title defence off to a solid start with a 67, which puts him amongst a group of eleven players at four under par. Player quotesJoost Luiten:“It was a tough week last week for me, missing the cut by one. But the good thing about golf is that there is always next week, there is always the next shot. I knew my game wasn’t far off and it’s good that it showed today that I’m getting in the right shape.

“I struggled a little it with my old driver so I got a new TaylorMade driver with a slightly bigger head and slightly lower ball flight, a bit more forgiving hopefully in the wind. So that really helped me, I hit it lovely today and hopefully I can keep it going.

“If you hit the fairways on this golf course you can be aggressive into the greens - they’re quite soft - so that was a good game plan. It’s always low scoring here, that’s why it’s good to have a low score on the first day that will get you in there and we need to come back tomorrow and do the same.”

George Coetzee: “I read an article yesterday about 59 watch and after eight holes I was thinking ‘OK, if I birdie the next and the next and the next…’ I guess I shot myself a little bit in the foot with that. But yeah, I’m quite happy with the way things went.

“It’s strange how it works, last week I was always slow out of the blocks so didn’t really get any attention. The front nine just didn’t suit my game last week and then this week I’ve just started like a house on fire and made a lot of birdies, so I was thinking ‘this is quite nice, I should do this more often’.

“I’m quite happy with the way my golf is going at the moment. Obviously the plan is to play the Rolex Series events, but at the moment you can post a number, but there’s still a lot of golf to be played.”

Grégory Havret: “I hardly made any mistakes. I missed a short putt on number seven and it cost me a bogie, but I would say the rest was pretty good. I missed a few opportunities on 11, 12, 13, 14 but the rest was pretty good and I have to say I’m pleased with what I’ve done today.

“In 2011 I remember I had a 64 in the last round to finish third, so I was a bit behind after three rounds, but I know this course and if you play well you will shoot low because the setting is perfect. There are a few opportunities on the par fives, a few short par fours. If you manage to play the hard holes, which are probably seven, 18, and maybe one also, then you can do really well and that’s what happened today.”

Round one scores

64 J Luiten (Netherlands) , G Coetzee (SAf) ,
65 G Havret  (Fra) , N Bertasio (Ita) , C Shinkwin (Eng) , J Scrivener 

(Australia) , A Wu (China).
66 A Cañizares  (Spn) , N Elvira  (Spn) , R Sterne  (SAf) , E Pepperell (Eng) , D Burmester (SAf) , L Canter (Eng) , M Jonzon (Swe) , L Bjerregaard  (Denmark)
67 J Singh Brar  (Eng) , P Harrington (Ire) , J Campillo (Spn) , O Fisher  (Eng) , D Lingmerth (Swe) , M Warren (Sco) , A Hansen (Denmark) , R Green (Australia) , D Boote (Wales) , G Storm  (Eng) , A Chesters  (Eng) ,
68 A Quiros  (Spn) , C Syme  (Sco) , V Dubuisson  (Fra) , D Stewart (Sco) , A Knappe (Ger) , J Quesne  (Fra) , S Gregory (Eng) , S Jamieson  (Sco) , S Walker (Eng) , J Norris (Australia) , S Soderberg (Swe) , B Dredge (Wales) , D Perrier (Fra) , M Kieffer (Ger),
69 R Knox (Sco) , A Karlsson  (Swe) , M Wallace (Eng) , R Gouveia (Por) , S Lowry  (Irl) , N Colsaerts  (Bel) , L Jensen (Den) , T Olesen (Den) , T Pieters  (Belgium) , J Olazábal (Spn) , F Aguilar (Chile) , T Lewis (Eng) , E De La Riva  (Spn) , J Rutherford (Eng) , Z Lombard  (SAf) , P Newcomb (USA) , P Khongwatmai (Thailand) , J Walters (SAf) , T Detry  (Belgium) , B Evans  (Eng) , J Fahrbring (Swe) , P Lawrie (Sco) , J Winther (Denmark) , J Thomson  (Eng) , R McCarthy (Australia) , J Lima  (Portugal) , L Slattery (Eng) , A Rai (Eng) ,
70 A Sullivan (Eng) , J Stalter (Fra) , W Ormsby (Aus) , D Dixon (Eng) , C Paisley  (Eng) , M Pavon (Fra) , D Drysdale (Sco) , R Kakko  (Fin) , H Li  

(China) , R Gonzalez (Arg) , D Brooks (Eng) , H Porteous (SAf) , G Bourdy (Fra), H Santos  (Portugal) , R Fox (NZ) , A Connelly (Canada) , M Siem  (Ger) , K 
Aphibarnrat (Tha) , S Webster (Eng)
71 S Khan (Eng) , M Foster (Eng) , M Gaspar  (Por) , T Sinnott (Aus) , P Peterson (USA) , M Armitage (Eng) , D Willett  (Eng) , C Berardo (Fra) , R Langasque  (Fra) , R Echenique (Arg) , J Edfors (Swe) , S Brazel (Aus) , S Horsfield (Eng) ,
72 S Gros (Fra) , M Korhonen (Fin) , J Davidson (Wal) , R Rock (Eng) , J Ahlers (SAf) , S Heisele (Ger) , C Pigem  (Spn) , R Karlsson (Swe) , N Holman  (Australia) , B Etchart  (Spn)
73 D Fox (Aus) , P Angles  (Spn) , J Carlsson (Swe) , S Manley (Wales) , J Parry (Eng) , C Lee (Sco) , N Kimsey (Eng) , R Finch  (Eng) , B Ritthammer (Ger) , T Aiken (RSA) , S Crocker (USA) , P Waring  (Eng) , T Santos Silva  (Por) , P Maddy (Eng) , R Johnson (Swe) , S Dyson  (Eng) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , T Gouveia (am) (Por) , V Lopes (am) (Por),
74 J Carlota (Por) , N Fasth (Swe) , A Plant (Eng) , G Stal  (Fra) , S Gallacher (Sco) , A Otaegui  (Esp) , C Selfridge  (Nir) ,
75 P Figueiredo  (Por) , S Chan  (Tpe) , H Casey (Eng) ,
76 E Ferguson (Sco) , T Bessa (Por) ,
77 J Ramos  (Por) ,
78 T Cruz  (Por) ,
79 T Rodrigues  (Por) ,



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