Thursday, October 19, 2017

Garcia and Luiten share lead with 66s at Valderrama

Sergio Garcia thrilled the home crowd to take a share of the first-round lead at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.
The Spaniard has claimed five of his 13 European Tour wins so far on home soil, including the last staging of this event in 2011 when he became the first home player to win a stroke play event at Real Club Valderrama.
He fired a 66 - his best opening round at the 1997 Ryder Cup venue - on Thursday to get to five under and sit at the top of the leaderboard alongside Dutchman Joost Luiten.
Garcia recorded seven birdies and two bogeys in his effort while Luiten produced some stunning iron play to birdie five of his last seven holes as he searches for a first win of the season.
Home favourite Pablo Larrazábal and England's Robert Rock were at four under, a shot clear of American Paul Peterson

The Masters Tournament champion started on the tenth and made birdies on his first, the 12th, the 15th and the 18th to turn in 32.
A bogey on the first stalled his progress but he holed a long right-to-lefter from off the front of the third green and then played the par five fourth in textbook fashion for another birdie.
A five foot putt on the sixth moved him two ahead but an errant drive on the eighth left a tricky second shot and after he hit a tree, the 37 year old did well to get up and down for bogey.
"It was nice," said Garcia. "It was gettable because it was soft but you still had to hit good shots and I was able to do that for the most part of the day. I'm very happy with my round.
"The game was on pretty much all day. I hit my irons very well, I didn't drive the ball well on the eighth hole but I was pretty much spot on there and I made some nice putts here and there.
"The greens were rolling quite fast, more than anything the back nine was even faster than the front. Overall I think it was very solid."
Luiten birdied the 12th to turn in 35 but a dropped shot on the second left him level par with seven to play. He then came alive, birdieing the third and fourth, putting his tee-shot on the sixth and approach to the seventh to tap-in range, and then playing a brilliant shot from the rough on the next for three birdies in a row.

66 S Garcia (Spn) , J Luiten (Netherlands) 
67 R Rock (Eng) , P Larrazábal (Spn)
68 P Peterson (USA) 
69 R Finch (Eng) , O Wilson (Eng) , P Hanson (Swe) , E Molinari (Ita) , R Gouveia (Portugal) , A Johnston (Eng) , B Evans (Eng) , J Morrison (Eng) , S Jamieson (Sco) , R Gonzalez (Arg) ,
70 A Hansen (Den) , M Manassero (Ita) , D Willett (Eng) , A Rai (Eng) , J Scrivener (Australia) , M Kaymer (Ger) , L Jensen (Den) , A Plant (Eng) , R Bland (Eng) , D Brooks (Eng) , F Aguilar (Chile)  
71 P Waring (Eng) , G Fdez-Castaño (Esp) , A Romero (Arg) , J Walters (SAf) , M Wallace (Eng) , A Otaegui (Spn) , D Law (Sco) , R Dinwiddie (Eng) , A Sullivan (Eng) , S Webster (Eng) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , F Fritsch (Ger) 
72 A Cañizares (Spn) , S Lowry (Ire) , A Chesters (Eng) , S Khan (Eng) , O Fisher (Eng) , P Harrington (Ire) , M Armitage (Eng) , C Hanson (Eng) , A Wu (China) , S Manley (Wales) , T Detry (Bel) , J Lima (Portugal) , L Slattery (Eng) , S Kjeldsen (Denmark) 
73 L Canter (Eng) , N Kimsey (Eng) , J Fahrbring (Swe) , C Pigem (Spn) , M Korhonen (Finland) , J Campillo (Spn) , N Elvira (Spn) , J Suri (USA) , S Crocker (USA) , A Connelly (Canada) , J Donaldson (Wales) , B Dredge (Wales) , W Ormsby (Australia) , M Siem (Ger) , S Soderberg (Swe) , M Foster (Eng) , A Karlsson (Swe)  
74 D Perrier (Fra) , A Quiros (Spn) , N Bertasio (Ita) , R Wattel (Fra) , S Dyson (Eng) , A Maestroni (Ita) , A Knappe (Ger) , J Parry (Eng) , C Lee (Sco) , E De La Riva (Spn) , M Nixon (Eng) , J Rahm (Spn)  
75 G Boyd (Eng) , N Fasth (Swe) , R Green (Aus) , M Jonzon (Swe) , J Rutherford (Eng) , S Del Val (Spn) , B Ritthammer (Ger) , C Syme (Sco) , S Gros (Fra) , D Stewart (Sco) , Z Lombard (SAf) , P Widegren (Swe) , P Angles (Apn) , J Lagergren (Swe) , C Paisley (Eng) , G Bourdy (Fra) ,
76 N Johansson (Swe) , M Kieffer (Ger) , G Stal (Fra) , S Tiley (Eng) , M Ilonen (Fin) , R Karlsson (Swe) , J Stalter (Fra) , R Langasque (Fra) , R Echenique (Arg) , D Im (USA) ,
77 D Howell (Eng) , G King (Eng) , T Lewis (Eng) , S Henry (Sco) , S Gallacher (Sco) , R Paratore (Ita) , J Edfors (Swe) , J Olazábal (Esp) ,
78 S Walker (Eng) , P Maddy (Eng) , A Björk (Swe) , A Velasco (Spn) 
79 G Havret (Fra) , M Carlsson (Swe) , J Quesne (Fra) ,
80 G Hurley (Ire) 
81 J Garcia Pinto (Spn) , J Carlsson (Swe) , M Pastor (Spn)






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