Saudi International: England & # 039; s David Horsey leads from Scotland & # 039; s Stephen Gallacher

Posted by on February 04, 2021  /   Posted in golf reviews

Horsey said the quality of his opening round was "a shock" -9: D Horsey (Eng); -8: S Gallacher (Sco); -6: B Wiesberger (Aut); -5: B DeChambeau (USA), M Kinhult (Swe), H Li (Chn), C Hill (Sco), T Pieters (Bel) Selected others: -4: A Sullivan (Eng), L Canter (Eng); -3: I Poulter (Eng), L Westwood (Eng), D Willett (Eng), T Hatton (Eng), J Morrison (Eng); -2: P Mickelson (US); Level: S Garcia (Spa), S Lowry (Ire)

England's David Horsey said he was in "shock" after a series of seven birdies in eight holes gave him a one-shot lead over Scottish Stephen Gallacher after the first round of the Saudi International.

The birdie run of the 35-year-old came on the back nine when he hit a nine-under 61 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

Gallagher drilled seven birdies on the front nine and sits on eight under.

] Bernd Wiesberger of Austria is six bottom in third place and American Bryson DeChambeau is joint fourth in five bottom.

Horsey knew an eagle on the par-five 18th hole would have seen him break 60, but he could only make par. Only one player – England's Oliver Fisher – has ever shot a 59 on the European Tour.

"It's actually a shock," Stockport & # 39; s Horsey said after a round of nine birdies in total.

"I've been playing nonsense for the past few weeks.

" I had a conversation with a friend at home last night. through a few things and he suggested something that I'm working on outside of the tournament.

"Knew me, I thought it couldn't get any worse so I might as well try it and here we are."

Gallagher & # 39; s mark of 62 is the lowest opening lap of his career at what is his 584th European Tour start.

Players have been criticized for their participation in the Saudi International for criticism from human rights organizations that believe that sport is used by the country for their human rights situation. ]

But the 138-strong field has great names, with world number one Dustin Johnson, who won the inaugural Saudi International in 2019, currently in third place alongside Danny Willett and Ian Poulter from England.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland – the 2020 winner of the event – is level par, as is Spain's Sergio Garcia and Ireland's reigning Open Champion Shane Lowry.

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