PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional pairs of Matthew Cort & Craig Shave and Adam Wootton & Richard Wallis lead the 2015 Golfbreaks.com Fourball Championship’s 95 pairing-strong field through Round 1 after eight-under pars at Lumine’s Hills and Lakes courses respectively.
Cort and Shave’s campaign at LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club on Spain’s Costa Daurada began solidly with four birdies in their front nine (The Hills’ back nine) to go out in 32. That streak continued through the turn gaining another four shots in the next three holes to push them to their eight-under 64.
“We didn’t drop a shot which was important,” explained Cort. “We dovetailed really well…we didn’t get any birdies on the same holes.”
“We just tried to get two balls in play to give us two chances on every green,” Shave added. “Matt played really well and I helped out a couple of times.”
Fellow Brits and keeping their share of the lead are Adam Wootton and Richard Wallis whose early surge with an eagle at the second hole on the Lakes Course followed by a birdie on the third got them off on the perfect footing for the week.
Further birdies at the 8th, 11th and 12th took the pair to six-under par and a final push with birdies at the 16th and 17th holes gave them their eight under par total (71).
“We’ve not really got a game plan,” said Wallis. “We did talk about it in the practice round but we’re both quite aggressive and the only time we’ve really spoken about it today was on the last hole. I think because we got off to a good start and then played the tough holes on the back nine well we just tried to snowball it and see if we could finish strongly.
“Certainly with the weather coming in tomorrow we wanted to get off to a decent start…our goal today was to try and get a strong score on the board.”
“We both played pretty well even though it was cold this morning,” said Wootton “Rich holed a couple of nice putts on two and three, which got us some momentum. We held on through the middle and then holed some more putts towards the end.”
In third place are the PGA of Sweden’s William Adolfson and Oscar Bergman with a seven-under par 64 carded around the Lakes Course. Six birdies and one eagle were marred only by a single bogey on the 12th hole.
Also joining the Swedish pair in third place are Florian Fritsch and Sascha Elender hailing from the PGA of Germany. A bogey-free round that included two runs of consecutive birdies in their front nine at the Hills Course ensured they are in contention moving in to Round 2.
Round 2 begins at 09:00am CET, 01/29/2015. For updates and full Round 1 scores visit http://eur.pe/2015Fourball.
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