Ondrej Lieser: “I’m shaking, it blew me away”

Ondrej Lieser may have been having some sleepless nights but an opening 68 made sure day one of the 2021 D+D Real Czech Masters was the stuff of dreams for the home favourite. Having been drawn alongside Major Champions Padraig Harrington and Henrik Stenson at Albatross Golf Resort, Lieser admitted to suffering from some nerves ahead of his 16th European Tour appearance and they were visible as he made a bogey bogey start.

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“What I felt, you can see on the first two holes. I hit the two worst wedges I’ve hit for a long time. I was shaking. Playing with these two legends, it blew me away. I couldn’t sleep for the last three days. It was a nice feeling; they were so nice to me. They helped me through after the tough start and then we all played solid golf. It was nice to catch them, make some birdies and from the fourth hole I felt comfortable being there with them. It was too much excitement at the beginning. Then I settled down. I felt pumped up when I was making birdies on ten, 11, 12. My caddie stepped in some wasps and got some stings on his legs on 12. Then I made a six metre putt for birdie after that, so it sort of eased the game. I’m going to spend at least one more day on the golf course with these two legends. That’s the most amazing thing to happen to me so far on the golf course. Some of the roars I had today, the 12th was the loudest. You can see the kids everywhere, I was giving them knuckles on every hole, they’re waiting for me now for some pictures. It’s unbelievable. The scenario of having crowds back, because I’ve not played in front of crowds for nearly two years, it felt amazing.”

Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio. The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown.

“We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell. “The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events.”

The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic. 

One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker. 

“The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker. “I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!”.