Posted on September 21, 2023 in News.
Tom Kim leader of the first round of the Cazoo Open de France
In a day that promised to be apocalyptic between wind and rain, Tom Kim finally managed to do well to take the lead in the Cazoo Open de France rankings at -7. He is suddenly ahead of the quartet of Mansell, Garcia-Heredia, Southgate and Lagergren. Hugo Le Goff signs the best French card of this first round with a score of 67 (-4): four birdies without any bogey. He is 16th. Joël Stalter and Andoni Etchenique rank 27th at -3.
The Cazoo Open de France is launched at the Golf National and the morning groups quickly had to face the bad weather. Between rain and wind, the 2018 Ryder Cup course had the weapons to defend itself for the first round of the oldest Open on the continent. After the first day, it was Presidents Cup player Tom Kim who took control with a card of 64 (-7). After the first nine holes in -1, the Korean player scored six birdies on his last nine holes to take a lead.
Matthew Southgate once joined Tom Kim at -7 before making a bogey on hole 18. He is 2nd alongside Richard Mansell, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia and Joakim Lagergren.
The playing conditions softened towards the end of the day, with the storm even giving way to sunshine towards the end of the day, leaving players with a more accessible course with greens that are more receptive to green attacks.
Hugo Le Goff is the best tricolor of this first day at the Golf National. The 15-year-old amateur player is playing under par for his second participation in the Open with a score of 67 (-4). It was a completely successful day for the former French amateur champion as he completed a bogey-free round with four birdies. He is 16th.
Also a great day for Joël Stalter and Andoni Etchenique who both played 68 (-3) and ranked 27th.
Guido Migliozzi, after a difficult start to the game at +4 on the first four holes, the defending Italian ends his day in 72 (+1). He is left behind and ranks 87th.
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