DP World Tour: Rasmus Hojgaard equals Le Golf National course record to lead Open de France | Golf news

Hojgaard’s opening round score of 62 puts him two ahead of Alexander Bjork; Robert MacIntyre is five back, while Patrick Reed finished poorly, carding a two-over 73 – watch the Cazoo Open de France live from 12.30pm on Sky Sports Golf on Friday.

Last updated: 22/09/22 19:37

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The best action from day one of the Open de France at Le Golf National

The best action from day one of the Open de France at Le Golf National

Rasmus Hojgaard made a brilliant birdie run to set the course record and open up a two-shot lead at the Cazoo Open de France.

The 21-year-old mixed ten birdies with a single bogey to finish on an opening-round 62 at Le Golf National, pulling him ahead of nearest challenger Alexander Bjork.

France’s Paul Barjon is three shots back in third place and Jamie Donaldson is tied for fourth at five under, as is England’s James Morrison, while last week’s DS Automobiles Italian Open winner Robert MacIntyre opened with a four-under 67.

Robert MacIntyre is tied for ninth and five strokes off the early lead

Robert MacIntyre is tied for ninth and five strokes off the early lead

“Today was very good,” said Hojgaard. “Honestly, I don’t feel like I got out of the fairway that well, but my approach game was really good, along with a really good putter. I made a couple of long putts there, but you have to do that to make nine under. .”

Hojgaard saw a ten-foot birdie at the first, only to be canceled out by a three-putt bogey at the next third, before taking advantage of the par-five third and hitting a 70-foot par at the fourth.

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The Dane added another birdie at the fifth and made further bogeys at the seventh and ninth to see him reach the turn on the 31st before going within inches to make a hole-in-one on the 11th.

Hojgaard moved to the top of the leaderboard with back-to-back birdies on the 13th, the second from 20 feet on the par-4, to close out a bogey-free nine and double his lead over the chasing pack.

Bjork posted seven birdies in his bogey-free start and Barjon made five birdies en route to six-under 65s, with Morrison and Donaldson joined four back by Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen and French duo Julien Brun and Martin. Couvre.

Thomas Pieters – the highest-ranked player in the field – shares ninth place with MacIntyre, who carded six birdies and two bogeys on the opening day, while Patrick Reed carded a double and three bogeys over his last four holes to get two . – over 73.

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