Published on August 16, 2019

Green Sparkles with 64 at Czech Masters

Gavin Green of Malaysia. Photo: Getty Images

Gavin Green carded an opening round 64 at the D+D Real Czech Masters for the second successive year, as the Malaysian moved into a one-stroke lead at Albatross Golf Resort thanks to his flawless eight under par round.

“The first few holes today, honestly I felt like I was still in holiday mode. I had four weeks off and was just at home and really just shut down for a few weeks. It was obviously a really good opening round, I just kept everything in play and hit a lot of shots close to the pins so I didn’t have a hard putt. I gave myself a lot of looks at birdies and thankfully it turned out OK,’ said Green.

The 25-year- old was in a similar position at the 2018 edition of this event, when he shared the first round lead with three others on eight under, and he eventually finished in third position for his best finish of the season.

He added, “I don’t know what it is about this place. I think the course suits me well and it helps if you hit it a little longer and a little higher. It helps to be able to stop the ball on the greens. If you get a good drive away you just have a wedge in your hand, and you can take advantage of that.”

Green has been on the form of his life this summer on the European Tour with three top tens in his last five appearance, including one at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – a Rolex Series event. He carried that confidence to Prague after a four-week break and the former Asian Tour Order of Merit winner finished the day a shot clear of South African Erik van Rooyen and Englishman Lee Slattery.

Former Ryder Cup winner Edoardo Molinari was among the six players a shot further back on six under, while Bernd Wiesberger’s recent hot streak showed no sign of slowing – the Austrian opening with a five under 67.


First Round Scores:

64 G Green (Mas) ,
65 E Van Rooyen (RSA) , L Slattery (Eng) ,
66 C Shinkwin (Eng) , K Reitan (Nor) , H Leon (Chi) , J Hansen (Den) , E Molinari (Ita) , K Koivu (Fin) ,
67 L Johnston (Sco) , R Karlsson (Swe) , B Wiesberger (Aut) , J Scrivener (Aus) , D Fichardt (RSA) , T Pieters (Bel) ,
68 Z Lombard (RSA) , S Lee (Kor) , B Easton (RSA) , K Samooja (Fin) , A Pavan (Ita) , R Wattel (Fra) ,
69 J Winther (Den) , O Fisher (Eng) , R Macintyre (Sco) , W Nienaber (RSA) , J Singh Brar (Eng) , P Angles (Esp) , J Kruyswijk (RSA) , T Pulkkanen (Fin) , H Porteous (RSA) , R Karlberg (Swe) , R Evans (Eng) , D Howell (Eng) , S Brown (Eng) , H Park (Kor) , C Hanson (Eng) , J Suri (USA) , S Horsfield (Eng) ,
70 P Waring (Eng) , P Dunne (Irl) , N Colsaerts (Bel) , B Henson (USA) , M Southgate (Eng) , T Bjørn (Den) , M Korhonen (Fin) , C Sahlstrom (Swe) , G Fdez-Castaño (Esp) , J Donaldson (Wal) , V Dubuisson (Fra) , S Gallacher (Sco) , B Dredge (Wal) , D Burmester (RSA) , M Schwab (Aut) , A Levy (Fra) , B Rumford (Aus) , L Robinson (Eng) , J Girrbach (Sui) , A Korinek (Cze) , R Gouveia (Por) , C Lloyd (Eng) , L Gagli (Ita) , R Ramsay (Sco) , J Wang (Kor) , S Kim (USA) , J Catlin (USA) , J Ritchie (RSA) , A Chesters (Eng) , T Murray (Eng) , M Nixon (Eng) , J Dantorp (Swe) , J Bares (am) (Cze) ,
71 S Matus (Cze) , M Warren (Sco) , R Paratore (Ita) , D Gavins (Eng) , E De La Riva (Esp) , L De Jager (RSA) , K Johannessen (Nor) , S Manley (Wal) , M Keyser (RSA) , D Papadatos (Aus) , I Cantero Gutierrez (Esp) , N McCarthy (Eng) , G Moynihan (Irl) , A Karlsson (Swe) , L Jensen (Den) , N Bertasio (Ita) , M Schneider (Ger) , A Arnaus (Esp) , A Björk (Swe) ,
72 B Evans (Eng) , S Jamieson (Sco) , J Veerman (USA) , J Walters (RSA) , P Mejow (Ger) , P Oriol (Esp) , D Borda (Esp) , D Stewart (Sco) , A Cañizares (Esp) , B Ritthammer (Ger) , J Thomson (Eng) , C Blomstrand (Swe) , N Cullen (Aus) , M Kawamura (Jpn) , A Rai (Eng) , D Lawson (Aus) , Y Chang (Kor) , D Law (Sco) ,
73 S Kjeldsen (Den) , E Pepperell (Eng) , G Bhullar (Ind) , A Bland (Aus) , A Leitmannstetter (Ger) , B Stone (RSA) , J Morrison (Eng) , G Coetzee (RSA) , P Harrington (Irl) , M Pospisil (Cze) , L Westwood (Eng) , S Brazel (Aus) , A Saddier (Fra) , J Cafourek (Cze) , P Valasek (Svk) , F Mruzek (Cze) , E Els (RSA) , F Bergamaschi (Ita) , P Mach (am) (Svk) ,
74 D Horsey (Eng) , P Langfors (Swe) , N Lemke (Swe) , P Peterson (USA) , S Gregory (Eng) , M Manassero (Ita) , E Kofstad (Nor) , M Siem (Ger) , L Tintera (Cze) , S Soderberg (Swe) , Š Zach (Cze) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , J Zuska (am) (Cze) ,
75 P Gal (Cze) , G Forrest (Sco) ,
76 M Orrin (Eng) , A Otaegui (Esp) , J Choi (Kor) , T Lewis (Eng) , M Pavon (Fra) ,
77 J Geary (Nzl) , M Schmitt (Ger) , J Todd (USA) , F Raza (am) (Cze) ,
78 Š Páleník (Cze) , A Connelly (Can) , D Suchan (Cze) , P Hruby (am) (Cze) ,
79 P Figueiredo (Por) ,