Jul 23rd, 2021
Norrman and Elvira lead Cazoo Open
Duo lead by two at Celtic Manor
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Norrman, making just his fourth European Tour start this week, set the clubhouse target with a bogey-free round and was joined on that number by Elvira, who carded nine birdies and an eagle on The Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort.
"It’s an amazing place. A ball-strikers course, you’ve got to hit some real good shots off the tee and into the greens to get a putt," said Norrman.
"It was a good day, I’m having a lot of fun out there at the moment. I didn’t know I shot seven under to be honest, with that birdie on the last, I was so in the zone."
"It was like a rainbow – every single colour on the scorecard today. I don’t think I’ve ever made nine birdies and an eagle in a round," said Elvira.
"I think I played pretty solid, I putted nicely, which is something I haven’t done very well lately. I got a couple of bad breaks coming in but overall I’m happy."
The pair sits two strokes ahead of Finland’s Mikko Korhonen and James Morrison of England, who each fired five-under-par rounds of 66 on the 2010 Ryder Cup host course.
Nine golfers share fifth place on four under par, including Sam Horsfield, who won the Celtic Classic last year at this venue as part of the 2020 UK Swing, 2012 Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts and four-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace.