Oct 23rd, 2020
Canter off to a flyer in Italy
Englishman carded a 12 under par opening round
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The 30-year-old carded ten birdies and an eagle and threatened the magic number of 59 in Brescia. An eagle three at the par-five 18th hole would have put him alongside his countryman Oliver Fisher - the only man to have carded a sub-60 round in European Tour history - albeit due to placing on the fairways the score would not have been official.
“It feels great. The score, days like that, the back nine there, everything’s gone in. I gave myself some chances and it was just one of those days where you’ve just got to enjoy the ride." said Canter
“I did say to Jamie in the practice round that I thought this was somewhere I could do well. I think it’s playing quite long and it definitely helps being able to hit it straight and that’s something I’ve been able to do most of this year so far. I like the golf course but I think obviously a lot of things have gone right today to help me shoot that."
Canter couldn't reach the green in two, but still holed a 25-foot putt on the last for a closing birdie. That earned him a four-stroke lead, the largest first-round lead of the season, with Denmark's Joachim B Hansen and South Africa's Dean Burmester in a share of second place on eight under par following a pair of 64s.
World Number 35 Bernd Wiesberger got his title defence off to a solid start as the Austrian signed for a five-under-par 67 while former World Number One and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer opened his account with a three-under 69.