Warrior 3rd provisional, Dubuisson placed

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Julien Guerrier of France shakes hands with his caddy on the 18th green during the first round of the Cazoo Classic at Hillside Golf Club on July 21, 2022 in Southport, England.

The first round of the Cazoo Classic smiled on the French. Julien Guerrier (photo) is in provisional third position at -6. Victor Dubuisson is a little further…

After last week’s orgy of golf and champions at St. Andrewsthe return to “normal” on the DP World Tour drove the players from the Old Continent to Southport, near Liverpool, for the Cazoo Classicwith a rather modest field of players (only two representatives of the world “top 100”, Robert MacIntyre 98th and Oliver Becker 99th). On the superb links of Hillside Golf Clublocated near the prestigious Royal Birkdalethe French got off to a good start.

Despite a bogey conceded on his 18th and last hole, Julian Warrior is 3rd provisional thanks to a 66 (-6). The leader is English: Paul Waring escaped alone with a 63, helped in particular by this acrobatic bunker exit transformed into an eagle on his penultimate hole.

One of the hits of the day was signed by one of the crowd favourites, the friendly Englishman Eddie Pepperellalso author of an eagle on the 17th hole in a different style… and in the same game as Waring.

9 birdies for Warrior

Warrior, he had started and therefore ended his game with a bogey, but he signed a total of 9 birdies. Ranked 110th in the “Race” of the DP World Tour, the former winner of the British amateur hopes to score big points this week. All the lights seem to be green for the Rochelais, still looking for his first victory on the “Tour”.

Victor Dubuisson, intermittent showman on the circuit, is also well launched in Southport. Abandonment at BMW International in June, flat rateirish open in July, the elusive “Dubush” seems this time determined to pull out all the stops this week. With 6 birdies in 12 holes, the former player of RyderCup was thrown like a ball up the leaderboard when a double bogey slowed down his progress at hole n°13 (3 visits in the big rough). But the putting was pretty hot.

Dubuisson unfortunately ended his day with a new double bogey, but his 70 still positions him in the “top 30”. As Damien Perriermore “steady” in his game with 3 birdies and only one bogey.

The other Blues negotiated less well this first day. Robin Roussel does quite well with a 71, as well as the experienced Raphael Jacquelin.

The leaderboard

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