Sep 24th, 2015
Porsche European Open Day 1
Wiesberger on top of crowded leaderboard
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
GP favourite Bernd Wiesberger took the lead at the Porsche European Open, shooting a flawless first round 64. The world number 30, and top ranked player in the field shares top spot with Benjamin Hebert at Bad Griesbach Golf Resort.
"I felt really good coming into this week," Wiesberger said. "I played good golf last week and I dragged that into today as well, so I'm happy with the way I started this tournament. You can see low scoring out here and perfect conditions so you need to take advantage of that and keep up.”
33 players are separated by just three shots. Graeme Storm shot a six under 65 to jump start his week. Stormy is 127th on the Race to Dubai rankings, so a good finish is crucial for keeping his tour card.
"I am shooting decent scores. My temperament is far better than it was six months ago. I've been trying to get the mental side right and it is starting to click.”
While Stormy is struggling to keep his car, legend Bernhard Langer turned back the clock and shot a 31 on the back nine while playing with Wiesberger. It’s incredible to think he’s 58 with the way he can still put a score together, with 7 birdies in total, five of them on the back nine.
Also in the mix are Ollie Fisher, Johan Edfors, and Hunter Mahan, all shooting 66’s. One further back, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ross Fisher, and Jamie Donaldson all finished on 67.