Tom Kim leads French Open after first round

The South Korean commands with a solid round of -7 (64 shots) bogey-free, thanks to a stellar start where he hit six birdies in the first seven holes

by Andrea Gussoni
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Tom Kim leads French Open after first round
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The DP World Tour golfers never rest. Just one week before the highly anticipated Ryder Cup 2023 kicks off, the circuit of the Old Continent begins the festivities with the Open de France (prize money of $3.25 million), a historic event that dates back to 1906.

At the end of the first round, Tom Kim leads the leaderboard.

Tom Kim, results

The South Korean commands with a solid round of -7 (64 shots) bogey-free, thanks to a stellar start where he hit six birdies in the first seven holes.

Kim holds a one-shot lead over a quartet composed of the Spanish Alfredo Garcia-Heredia, the Swede Joakim Lagergren (17 holes), and the Englishmen Richard Mansell and Matthew Southgate.

On the par 71 course of Le Golf National in Paris, France, closing the top ten with a score of -5, we find a large group of contenders including the Scots David Law and Ewen Ferguson, the South African Louis De Jager, the Japanese Ryo Hisatsune and Kazuki Higa, the Iberian Adrian Otaegui, the Englishman Andrew Wilson, the Swede Simon Forsstrom, and finally, the Dane Rasmus Hojgaard.

A good debut for Renato Paratore.

The Italian golfer occupies the 16th position with a score of -4, thanks to a round partially marred only by the double bogey at the 7th hole. Alongside him is the surprise of this round, the French amateur Hugo Le Goff. To find the next Italian on the leaderboard, we have to go down to the 58th position occupied by Edoardo Molinari with a score of -1.

+1 and 81st place for Guido Migliozzi, who will need to change his pace tomorrow to avoid the cut.

The golfers of the DP World Tour show no signs of slowing down. With just one week to go until the highly anticipated Ryder Cup 2023, the prestigious Open de France sets the stage for an exhilarating competition among Europe's finest golfers.

Established back in 1906, this historic event continues to captivate fans and players alike.

After an enthralling first round at Le Golf National in Paris, South Korean golfer Tom Kim takes the lead with an impressive score of -7 (64 shots) with no bogeys, showcasing his skill and determination.

Kim's exceptional start, marked by six birdies in the first seven holes, sets him apart from a formidable quartet comprising of Spanish ace Alfredo Garcia-Heredia, Swedish sensation Joakim Lagergren (with 17 holes completed), and English talents Richard Mansell and Matthew Southgate.

The Le Golf National course, boasting a challenging par 71 layout, witnesses a closely contested top ten as a group of talented contenders finish with scores of -5.

Among these notable players are Scottish standouts David Law and Ewen Ferguson, South African star Louis De Jager, Japanese talents Ryo Hisatsune and Kazuki Higa, Spanish maestro Adrian Otaegui, English ace Andrew Wilson, Swedish sensation Simon Forsstrom, and Danish prodigy Rasmus Hojgaard.

Italian golfer Renato Paratore delivers a promising debut, securing the 16th position with a score of -4.

Although marred by a minor setback with a double bogey at the 7th hole, Paratore showcases his skill and tenacity on the challenging course. Alongside Paratore is the surprise of the round, French amateur Hugo Le Goff, who impressively holds his own amongst the professionals.

Further down the leaderboard, Italian fans can find Edoardo Molinari at the 58th place with a score of -1, while Guido Migliozzi faces a tougher challenge at +1 and the 81st position.

Migliozzi will need to summon his best game tomorrow to avoid being cut from the competition.

The DP World Tour golfers leave no room for rest as they ignite excitement and showcase their immense talent at the Open de France.

With every swing and stroke, these professional athletes continue to astound fans worldwide with their unwavering dedication to the sport they love.

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