Vaillant, in Bahrain first round speaks French

The first round of the Bahrain Championship took place in French, on the course of the Royal Golf Club (par 72)

by Andrea Gussoni
Vaillant, in Bahrain first round speaks French
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The first round of the Bahrain Championship took place in French, on the course of the Royal Golf Club (par 72). Tom Vaillant impressed with a score of 64 (-8), taking the top spot with a one-shot lead over South African Zander Lombard and Swiss Joel Girrbach, both in second place with 65 (-7).

Bahrain, results

In the DP World Tour tournament, both Matteo Manassero and Renato Paratore started positively, both finishing in 26th place with 69 (-3). Manassero, starting on the 10th hole, made five birdies in the first 12 holes, but suffered three bogeys before ending his round with another birdie.

Paratore got off to a sparkling start, scoring four consecutive birdies on the first few holes played. He then made two bogeys (three in total), but recovered with two more birdies. In 41st place with 70 (-2) is Filippo Celli, who scored four birdies and immediately two bogeys.

Meanwhile, Andrea Pavan is in 85th place with 72 (par), while Guido Migliozzi and Lorenzo Scalise are 93rd with 73 (+1). Francesco Laporta and Edoardo Molinari ranked 107th with 74 (+2). On the other hand, Rasmus Hojgaard had a good start, finding himself in eighth place with 67 (-5).

The Dane, who was second in the United Arab Emirates last week at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship, won by compatriot Thorbjorn Olesen, demonstrated his talent with a bogey-free performance, enriched by eight birdies, including four in the last six holes play.

Bahrain, officially known as the Kingdom of Bahrain is a small state located on an archipelago made up of 33 islands, located near the western coasts of the Persian Gulf. Its capital is Manama, and the official language is Arabic.

Bahrain transitioned from its previous status as an emirate to a kingdom in 2002, becoming a constitutional monarchy. The country is ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family, with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the prime minister, who is also the heir to the throne, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

With an area of 765 km², Bahrain hosts a population of approximately 1,343,000 inhabitants, according to 2014 estimates, of which 235,108 are foreigners. The territorial waters border those of Saudi Arabia to the west and those of Qatar to the south.

The main island is Bahrain, which together with the Sitrah and Muharraq islands constitutes the central nucleus of the archipelago. Other notable islands include Nabih Saleh to the north-east, Umm Al Nasan to the north-west, Jidda to the north-west and the Hawar Islands to the south-east.

Bahrain is known for its oil and pearl resources, and is also home to several notable structures in its capital, Manama, including the Bahrain World Trade Center and the Bahrain Financial Harbour. Additionally, Bahrain hosts the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit.