A scorching sun, little public and a lot of money. He Turkish Airlines Open, the second to last tournament of the season in the European Tour, has kicked off Thursday in the majestic Montgomerie Maxx Royal With many points of interest. Perhaps the biggest focus is on Justin rose, the best player in the world ranking (8) present in Antalya to look for history this week.
The English golfer has won in Turkey the last two years and seeks to become the first golfer in the last 20 years that chains three wins in the same tournament. So far, the adventure has not started badly. Thanks to his three consecutive birdies in the last three holes of his return, the unmistakable Rose has been close to the top positions thanks to his 67 strokes (-5).
The positions of honor in this tournament of the Rolex Series after the conclusion of the first day are occupied by the Austrian Matthias Schwab and English Tom lewis, who masterfully dodged the regular state of the greens – the rest of the field is a carpet – and signed both 65 strokes. It is worth noting the Schwab eagle in hole 4 (par 5), the corner of the field where the golfers smiled the most.
At the moment, the beginning of the Spaniards of can qualify almost as remarkable. The Extremadura Jorge Campillo It was he who delivered the best card of the Navy with 68 strokes, an almost perfect lap only overshadowed by the bogey of the 12th hole. One more blow made Adrián Otaegui, although in his case there were higher and lower: six birdies and three bogeys.
It was a shame the day of Pablo Larrazábal, very solid in the long game, but that ended up ballasted by the three greens to three putts that ended up signing for a total of torque. The biggest disappointment of the day came from the hand of Adri Arnaus, who did not leave things on this inaugural day of the Turkish Airlines Open. The Barcelona was ballasted by two double bogeys in his first eight holes and then fought the unspeakable to upgrade his card, which ended up being 75 strokes (+3).
Turkish Airlines Open
Classification after the first day
1. Matthias Schwab (Aus), -7
1. Tom Lewis (Ing) -7
3. Alex Noren (Sue), -6
3. Thomas Pieters (Bel), -6
3. David Lipsky (USA), -6
6. Justin Rose (Ing), -5
6. Danny Willett (Ing), -5
6. Joost Luiten (Hol), -5
… 12. Jorge Campillo (Esp), -4
… 22. Adrián Otaegui (Esp), -3
… 37. Nacho Elvira (Eng), -1
… 52. Pablo Larrazábal (Eng), Pair
… 71. Adri Arnaus (Esp), +3
… 75. Álvaro Quirós (Esp), +4