Matthieu Pavon leads the Spanish Open '23

The golfers of the DP World Tour met on Iberian soil to give life to the Spanish Open (prize money of 3,250 million dollars)

by Andrea Gussoni
Matthieu Pavon leads the Spanish Open '23
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The golfers of the DP World Tour met on Iberian soil to give life to the Spanish Open (prize money of 3,250 million dollars). Historic event of the Old Continent, born way back in 1912, the event presents a highly respectable startlist.

At the end of the first round Matthieu Pavon leads the standings.

Matthieu Pavon, results

The Frenchman closed the debut round with a score of -8 (63 strokes) thanks to 7 birdies, an eagle and a bogey. For the leader, one margin over the Dutchman Wil Besseeling, and two over his compatriot Mike Lorenzo-Vera, the Englishman Eddie Pepperell and the Portuguese Pedro Figueiredo.

Obviously very short ranking on the sidelines of the first 18 holes with over 70 participants who finished with scores below par. On the par 71 course of the Club de Campo Villa in Madrid (Spain), closing the top ten in sixth position with a score of -5 are the South Africans Dean Germishuys and Zander Lombard, the Indian Shubhankar Sharma, the Dutch Joost Luiten, the the Englishman Ross Fisher, the Scotsman Calum Hill, the German Marcel Siem, the Finnish Tapio Pulkkanen, the Frenchman Romain Langasque and finally the host Victor Garcia Broto.

To find the first of the Italians you have to get out of the top 30 with Edoardo Molinari who is in 34th place after -2 on the day. Same score for Guido Migliozzi, who tomorrow, like the Piedmontese, will try to move up the rankings with an eye on the top ten.

Of note is the presence of Jon Rahm in the race. The flagship of Iberian golf closes the first round with an excellent -4. The number 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking has already triumphed on three occasions in the home tournament, and is in Madrid to take advantage of poker in the last 5 editions.

Madrid, the capital in the center of Spain, is a city characterized by elegant avenues and large, well-kept parks, such as the Buen Retiro park. Madrid houses many European works of art, such as the paintings by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters found in the Prado museum.

Plaza Mayor, surrounded by arcades, is the heart of Habsburg Madrid. Not far away, there is the baroque Royal Palace and its Armoury, where ancient weapons are on display.

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