Two seasoned veterans, South Africa’s George Coetzee and The Netherlands’ Joost Luiten, lead the Portugal Masters after one round, each going 7-under on Thursday
Coetzee, currently on the outside looking in at the Race to Dubai standings at No. 64, was just 1-under through the front nine. He caught fire on the back with birdies on 10, 12-15 and another on 17 to notch a 64.
“I’ve always played well around this track, posted some good finishes and I really enjoy the golf course, it suits my eye pretty well and luckily today it did that again,” he said.
Luiten, who’s currently 52nd in the Race to Dubai standings, was rock solid throughout the first day, 3-under on the front nine, 4-under on the back nine to tie for the lead.
I’m very happy, seven under – no bogeys, seven birdies – that’s what you want every day,” he said.
“I was struggling a little bit with the old driver and a new Taylor Made driver in the bag now, slightly bigger head, slightly more forgiving and especially when it will be windy conditions that will really help. I knew my game wasn’t far off and the good thing about golf is there’s always next week and this week it feels nice and hopefully we can keep it going.”