Thursday, July 26, 2018

Syme top Scot with 68 in Porsche 

European Open in Hamburg

Bryson DeChambeau took the clubhouse lead on a low scoring opening day of the Porsche European Open.

The American shot a six under 66 to head the early starters in Hamburg, ending his day with a birdie on his last hole – the ninth – after a stunning approach to the par five.


His second shot left him behind a tree but he produced a lovely swerving stroke to leave him a short putt for a seventh birdie of his round.

His only blemish was on the third, but he followed up that bogey with back-to-back birdies on the next two holes.

DeChambeau still led at the end of the day, one shot ahead of holds a one-shot lead from home hope Benedict Staben and the French trio of Joël Stalter, Romain Wattel and M Lorenzo-Vega

 Staben had birdies on the third, eighth and ninth and a bogey on the fifth as he went out in 32 before he picked up shots on three of the four par fives on the back nine, ending with a birdie on the 18th to move into a share of second place.


Stalter and Wattel both started on the first and signed for 67s. Stalter picked up five birdies on the back nine, but also dropped shots at the 11th and 16th, while Wattel had six gains in his round with the one blemish coming on the par three eighth.

Teenage amateur Nicolai Højgaard had spectacularly fired himself up the leaderboard before back to back bogeys on his last two holes dropped him back to three under.

After starting on the back nine, the 17 year old dropped a shot at the 13th but gained it back at the 15th before enjoying four successive birdies from the 17th.

Another gain followed at the seventh to take him to five under, but he slipped back to a tie for eighth after his dropped shots on the eighth and ninth. 

He is a shot behind fellow Dane Lasse Jensen, Matthias Schwab of Austria, England’s Steven Brown and Australian duo Andrew Dodt and Scott Hend, and seven ahead of his twin brother Rasmus.

World Number 15 Paul Casey had a share of the lead at four under after his opening nine holes, which included an eagle on the par five 18th, but he double bogeyed the eighth and ended the opening day three shots behind DeChambeau.

The clubhouse leader, DeChambeau said: “It’s great to start out with six under par. I think it’s one of my lowest rounds on the European Tour so I’m very pleased. I haven’t been hitting it my best so I’m still working on my game and it’s starting to turn into some form.
“I’m missing in the right places and making some putts which is great. If you do that out here you’re going to be up there.”

LEADERBOARD
Par 72
66 B DeChambeau (USA)
67 J Stalter (Fra), R Wattel (Fra), B Staben (Ger), M Lorenzo-Vera (fra)

SCOTS' SCORES
68 C Syme (T6)
69 D Drysdale (T16)
70 S Gallacher, S Jamieson (T27)
72 L Johnston (T63)
73 M Warren (T92)
75 R Ramsay (T131)

ALL THE SCORES


66 B Dechambeau (USA) , 
67 B Staben (Ger) , M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) , J Stalter (Fra) , R Wattel (Fra) , 
68 A Dodt (Australia) , S Hend (Australia) , O Fisher (Eng) , B Dredge (Wal) , M Schwab (Austria) , S Brown (Eng) , L Jensen (Den) , C Syme (Sco) , V Hovland (am) (Nor) , A John (am) (Ger) , 
69 P Mejow (Ger) , D Horsey (Eng) , P Casey (Eng) , D Lipsky (USA) , H Tanihara (Jpn) , D Drysdale (Sco) , J Choi (SKor) , S Kjeldsen (Den) , M Kieffer (Ger) , A Levy (Fra) , N Højgaard (am) (Den) , 
70 P Hanson (Swe) , P Reed (USA) , S Horsfield (Eng) , H Sturehed (Swe) , H Arkenau (Ger) , S Jamieson (Sco) , C Schwartzel (RSA) , S Webster (Eng) , J Morrison (Eng) , R McEvoy (Eng) , J Lima (Por) , O Farr (Wal) , S Gallacher (Sco) , A Otaegui (Spn) , L Canter (Eng) , J Winther (Den) 
71 M Calderon (Chile) , J Smith (Eng) , M Baldwin (Eng) , H Endycott (Australia) , F Fritsch (Ger) , C Mivis (Bel) , M Lundberg (Swe) , Z Lombard (SAf) , S Heisele (Ger) , T Pulkkanen (Fin) , C Sordet (Fra) , C Shinkwin (Eng) ,G Porteous (Eng) , C Bezuidenhout (SAf) , M Siem (Ger) , R McGowan (Eng), D Kataoka (Jpn) , R Evans (Eng) , K Johannessen (Nor) , M Schmitt (Ger) 
72 N Elvira (Esp) , R Paratore (Ita) , A Cañizares (Spn) , N Geyger (Chile) , L Johnston (Sco) , R Cho (SKor), L Cianchetti (Ita), D Brooks (Eng), M Tullo (Chi) , N Colsaerts (Bel) , P Widegren (Swe) , A Saddier (Fra) , J Guerrier (Fra) , B Hafthorsson (Isl) , T Detry (Bel) , C Pigem (Esp) , C Hanson (Eng) , F Aguilar (Chi) , R Sterne (RSA) , J Walters (RSA) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , J Munro (Aus) , S Gros (Fra) , S Fernandez (Esp) , K Koivu (Fin) , C Blomstrand (Swe) , M Pavon (Fra) , G Schultes (Ger) , M Perry (Nzl) , 
73 A Knappe (Ger) , R Gouveia (Por) , R Bland (Eng) , J Kruger (SAf) , J Kolbing (Ger) , A Halvorsen (Nor) , M Lafeber (Ned) , E Park (SKor) , Ó Serna (Mex) , T Bjørn (Den) , M Nixon (Eng) , T Aiken (SAf) , E Molinari (Ita) , N Cullen (Aus) , P Angles (Esp) , T Lewis (Eng) , J Wang (SKor) , O Wilson (Eng) , A Chesters (Eng) , G Havret (Fra) , M Warren (Sco) ,
74 M Kim (SKor) , A Turner (Eng) , P Howard (Eng) , T Fisher Jnr (RSA) , H Porteous (SAf) , G Hall (USA) , S Khan (Eng) , M Manassero (Ita) , N Bertasio (Ita) , C Koepka (USA) , D Meyerrose (Ger) , H Ellis (Eng) , P Perez (USA) , M Kramer (Ger) , A Sandhu (Ind) , J Janewattananond (Tha) , G Bourdy (Fra) , V Perez (Fra)
75 Y Miyazato (Jpn) , B Fritsch (Can) , P Peterson (USA) , L Galliano (Sui) , L Bjerregaard (Den) , L Gagli (Ita) , R Ramsay (Sco) , B Evans (Eng) , L Herbert (Australia)
76 F Becker (Ger) , P Oriol (Spn) , J Donaldson (Wales) , R Højgaard (am) (Den)
77 E Johansen (Nor) , N Adank (Ger) , G Moynihan (Ire)
78 J Thomson (Eng) , H Long (am) (Ger) , A Fitzpatrick (am) (Eng) , 
79 R McGee (Ire) , K McClatchie (SAf)
80 M Schneider (Ger) , A Rai (Eng) , M Ilonen (Fin)
81 C Lloyd (Eng)
82 M Grönberg (Swe) 

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