Weisberger Leads Porsche European Open
Bernd Wiesberger fired an opening 63 that included 9 birdies and an eagle to finish at -8 and lead the Porsche European Open. Weisberger who has made every European Tour cut so far this season, and 2 top ten finishes really found his form today said: “Today was a really good day. I hit a lot of good shots, a lot of good putts and I’m happy with how I played today.”
Thick fog had delayed the start for 3 hours 25 minutes when blue skies and sunshine appeared providing good conditions for low scoring.
Wiesberger went out in 31 on the back nine and turned in came back in 31 with birdies on 11, 12, 13, 15 and 17, made a double-bogey 6 on 1, and scored 4 birdies and an eagle in his last 8 holes to finish with 63.
Italy’s Renato Paratore was 2 shots behind after shooting a 65 that included 6 birdies and an eagle. Paratore went out in 34 after 3 birdies and a double-bogey but got really fired up on the back nine, making eagle on 10 and birdies on 13, 14 and 15.
One shot back at -5 were Lucas Bjerregaard, Daniel Im, Michael Jonzon and Steve Webster. Bjerregaard, Im and Webster had all been at the top of the leader board during the day. Webster started on the back nine going out in 31 and coming back in 35 to score a solid 66.
The next group of 16 players at -4 on a very busy leader board included Germans Florian Fritsch, Maximilian Kieffer, Marcel Schneider, Max Rottluff and the amateur Thomas Rosenmuler and British players Graeme Storm, Tom Lewis, Matthew Baldwin, Richard Bland and Ross Fisher.
Martin Kaymer was at level par after 9 holes and may not finish his round as is the fate of a number of other players due to the late start.
There was a group of eight players at -3 and 61 of the 78 golfers in the first wave scored level par or better, so lots of great golf to look forward to on Day 2.