DP World Tour
Jun 3rd, 2022
Li and Lagergren head the field in Hamburg
Duo lead by one at the Porsche European Open
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Two-time DP World Tour winner Li set the early clubhouse target after starting his round with three birdies in a row, making the turn four under par. He then made two further gains on the back nine, cancelling out a bogey on the 16th with his sixth birdie of the day on the par five 18th.
“I think I hit a lot of solid iron shots. My approaches were really good today. I had a lot of birdies on the tough holes as well. I found my rhythm compared to last week," said Li.
“It’s a very tough course. It’s super long. A lot of par fives and long par fours. It’s going to be a great test this week.
Lagergren, who won the 2018 Rocco Forte Sicilian Open, carded his first birdie of the day on the ninth hole after eight consecutive pars. He played the back nine on the formidable Porsche Nord Course in four-under as he carded four birdies and an eagle to join Li at the top of the leaderboard.
“I’m very pleased. It’s a really tough course. It’s a long one and you don’t get any roll on the fairways at all. A lot of mid-irons into the greens, so minus five on this course, in any condition is good, but even better today," said Lagergren.
“I was pretty solid off the tee. Great iron shots and my putting was pretty good as well, so it was a mix of everything."
Holland’s Wil Besseling carded a four-under-par 68 to sit in solo third and he sits one stroke ahead of seven golfers in a share of seventh place, including last week’s Dutch Open winner Victor Perez of France and Spaniard Adri Arnaus, who won the Catalunya Championship in May.