Spain seems to be good for James Morrison

The thirty-eight year old from Weybridge, Surrey, is the leader after the first round at the Andalucia Masters 2023. Score of -8 (one eagle, seven birdies and one bogey) for the Englishman

by Andrea Gussoni
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Spain seems to be good for James Morrison
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The Iberian territory really seems to be good for James Morrison. The thirty-eight year old from Weybridge, Surrey, is the leader after the first round at the Andalucia Masters 2023. Score of -8 (one eagle, seven birdies and one bogey) for the Englishman, who had already won in Portugal in 2010 and all 'Spanish Open in 2015 and who, since his teenage years, has been forced to deal with Crohn's disease (but he is not the only athlete to have to deal with it).

James Morrison, results

Second, one stroke away, is the German Nick Bachem, who precedes the first of the Spaniards, Adrian Otaegui, also solo at -6. Fourth are the Dutchman Wil Besseling and the other Englishman Daniel Gavins; the -5 of one is lively, that of the other more constant.

The group of sixth-placed players is wider at -4, made up of the Frenchmen Jeongweon Ko and Clement Sordet, the South Africans Zander Lombard and Louis de Jager, the Swiss Jeremy Freiburghaus (the first from his country in twenty years, at the end of 2022, to take the card for the DP World Tour) and the Danish Jeff Winther.

Italians' Thursday was decidedly dim. And to say that Edoardo Molinari starts well, going up to -3, but a sequence of a double bogey and three bogeys between the 14th and 17th make him fall to 88th place with +2. Similar fate for Francesco Molinari: two birdies, then two double bogeys and a bogey and +3.

102nd place for him together with Guido Migliozzi, who however is never really on the day. Andalusia (Spanish: Andalucía) is one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain. It is made up of eight provinces: Almería, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Malaga and Seville, capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia.

It is the most populous autonomous community in Spain with 8,403,350 inhabitants (2017) and the second largest, which, combined with its history and culture, gives it a rather significant weight within the Spanish nation.

Located in southwestern Europe, it is bordered to the west by the Republic of Portugal; to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Alborán Sea and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar; to the north by Extremadura and Castile-La Mancha; east from Murcia.

It was established as an autonomous community on the basis of the second article of the Spanish Constitution of 1978, which recognizes and guarantees the right to autonomy of Spanish nationalities and regions. The process of political autonomy is extended through the restrictive procedure according to article 151 of the Constitution, which makes Andalusia the only Spanish community to have accessed autonomy through this particular procedure.

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