Mexico’s Abraham Ancer will make his first appearance on Continental Europe this week as he contends with the formidable Porsche Nord Course at the Porsche European Open.
Abraham Ancer, statements
“I played here for the first time yesterday in the Pro-Am and the golf course is an absolute beast. It’s going to be a true test. You have to hit it far and straight. It was pretty windy and that back nine was one of the toughest I’ve ever played; it’s going to be a true challenge, you have to hit it really good out here. I definitely wish I could hit it maybe another 20 or 30 yards farther with my driver. You have to be in the fairway so driving accuracy will be important. With these green complexes and a lot of long irons into par threes it’s going to be extremely important to have a good ball-striking week, that’ll be the key. If not, your short game has to be super, super on-point. It’s a ball-strikers paradise out here. I love travelling and getting to see different places I’ve never been and what better way than playing in a tournament? I really enjoy seeing different golf courses and different conditions. I’ve been able to do that a few times on the European Tour at the Irish Open and in Saudi Arabia. So far this week has been really nice – the people have been incredibly nice and the hotel is great. I wish I could go out and about and check out the city. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to do that and have to stay in the bubble. That’s okay, I’ll be back when everything is a bit more normal and be able to check out Hamburg a lot more than this week.”
In Dublin, Ohio (USA), bad weather stops the first round of The Memorial Tournament, one of the most anticipated appointments of the 2021 PGA Tour of golf. Strong thunderstorms initially led to two suspensions until the organizers’ decision was to stop the lap. The game will resume today with 6 players who did not even manage to make the first tee shot and others called to complete most of the 18 opening holes.
The American Collin Morikawa managed to complete his lap and, with a partial of 66 (-6), provisionally leads the leaderboard with a shot ahead of compatriot Adam Long, second with 67 (-5). The third position (68, -4) is shared by two other US players, Adam Long and Xander Schauffele, as well as Canadian Nick Taylor and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello. Good start for Justin Thomas (world number 2) and Jon Rahm, reigning champion, both 7 / i with 69 (-3). Bryson DeChambeau also made a strong start on the Muirfield Village GC course (par 72). After just 3 holes played the Californian is on “-2” thanks to two birdies. While he retired, due to an injury to his left forearm, Matt Kuchar.