Pablo Larrazábal in the first round at Real Club Valderrama. © Golffile | Eoin Clarke Taking a look at the
Pablo Larrazábal in the first round at Real Club Valderrama. © Golffile | Eoin Clarke
Taking a look at the weather forecast gave the feeling that the players on the afternoon shift were going to be particularly hurt today. The main gusts of wind were expected from one in the afternoon, however it was not so serious. Quite the contrary. In fact, of the ten players who finished under par, six have left in the afternoon. The best has been the French Romain langasque (-2), a golfer who has already been seen in the high areas in Valderrama. Last year he was in the top 20.
The most curious story of the afternoon, surely, belongs to Raphael jacquelin, a veteran from Langasque who was the only player of the 126 who did not finish the first round. He was in the last game, there was not much light and with the ball perfectly placed on the fairway, he decided not to shoot. He has plenty of reasons to try to secure a good result, not in vain has he not had a cut since July at the Irish Open. Accumulate eight consecutive tournaments without playing on the weekend.
The European tourIn any case, you have had a nice touch with Jacquelin. You will not have to get up early to resume play first and complete the first round. Since only he is there and the matches start from 1 and 10, they allow him to finish his hole from 9.30. They avoid him early in the morning and, above all, bring him closer to his start in the second round.
As for the Spanish, the best of the afternoon was Pablo Larrazabal with a very valuable torque return. The Barcelona golfer left Valderrama happy, albeit with a bittersweet feeling, as he was three under par on the day. In any case, he takes home one of the best shots that have been seen today in the Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters. It was the exit of the 15th hole. He hit a 4-iron aiming at the bunker on the right and playing with the wind, he stayed three meters away. A prodigious blow. “I have told Raúl (Quirós, his caddy) that I don’t think we will bring her closer to this hole again,” he said after the lap. The only pity is that he missed the birdie putt.
Good laps also for Sebastián García Rodríguez (+1), Jorge Campillo (+2) and Adrián Otaegui (+2). Those who will have to row tomorrow are Adri Arnaus (+6) and Gonzalo Fernández Castaño (+6). Beyond the Spanish, the results of Wiesberger (+2), MacIntyre (+2) and Min Woo Lee (+1) stand out.