Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Challenge Tour report from Geneva

Record-setting Finn leads Rolex Trophy field with a 62

Kim Koivu leads the Rolex Trophy at the end of Day One after he carded a course-record, ten-under-par round of 62 at Golf Club de Genève.
The Finn holed ten birdies, six in his first six holes, without a dropped shot as he recorded his lowest score since he joined the European Challenge Tour to lead in Switzerland by three strokes from Nico Geyger and Sebastian Soderberg.
Koivu, a two-time winner on the Challenge Tour this year, could gain automatic promotion to the European Tour with a victory in Geneva, and he has put himself in pole position after an eye-catching opening round.
The recent Vierumäki Finnish Challenge champion made seven gains in his first nine holes before he continued his impressive start with another birdie on the tenth hole.
As the chasing pack started to form, Koivu, buoyed with confidence after his victory two weeks ago, kept them at bay with birdies on 15 and 17 to extend his lead to three shots and set a new course-record.
“It feels great,” he said. “The course is in great shape and the greens are rolling nicely. I played with Kalle Samooja, another Finn, and we had a great time out there.
“I’m taking a lot of confidence from my two wins this year. I feel very comfortable on the golf course. I feel like I’m swinging it well and I’ve got a good combination of clubs in my bag that I trust, and I feel very confident on the golf course each day.
“I had to stay focussed during that birdie run and tried not to think about the score too much. I focussed on making good shots and holing as many putts as I could.
“I thought I needed to make the birdie on 17 because my lowest Challenge Tour round is 63, eight under par, so I needed to make that because the 18th is not easy. The birdie on 17 and the putt on 16, where I had a tough wedge shot and made a good up and down, were some of the key moments today.
“I’m really looking forward to the rest of tournament. There are still three rounds to go, so we’ll see what happens.”

Rolex Trophy: First round

Par 72
62 Kim Koivu (Finland)
65 Nico Geyger (Chile), Seb Soderberg (Sweden)
67 Ross McGowan (England), Marcel Sneider (Germany)
68 Robert MacIntyre (Scotland), Steven Tiley (England), Jack Singh Brar (England), Pedro Figueiredo (Portugal).

69 (T10) Liam Johnston.
70 (T18) Ewen Ferguson, David Law.
71 (T29) Grant Forrest

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