The leadership of Thorbjorn Olesen, the second hole in one - within a week - of Dutchman Joost Luiten. And then the good start of John Catlin and Garrick Higgo, as well as that of Nino Bertasio. In the Canary Islands, the first round of the Tenerife Open, a tournament of the European Tour, immediately gave a show.
Leading the leaderboard, on the course of Golf Costa Adeje (par 71), with a partial of 62 (-9) highlighted ten birdies and spotted by a bogey, is Thorbjorn Olesen. In the second round of the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open the Dane, six days ago, achieved the best score of the course, the Meloneras Golf, then closing the review in fifth place.
The 31-year-old from Hareskovby, who boasts five titles in the palmares (including two in Italy) on the men's continental maximum, now has only one shot ahead of a quartet of pursuers, all second with 63 (-8), composed, as well as by the Swedish Alexander Bjork, also by the South Africans Dean Burmester and Garrick Higgo (fresh from the success at the Gran Canaria Open), and by the American John Catlin, among the favorites on the eve.
Thorbjorn Olesen leader
Among the 7 blues competing, the best to date is Nino Bertasio. The Brescia player, 24 / o with 67 (-4), precedes the Apulian Francesco Laporta, 38 / o with 68 (-3). While Edoardo Molinari from Turin and Andrea Pavan from Rome (but lives in the States) share 55 / a position (69, -2).
On the other hand, Guido Migliozzi from Vicenza is 86 / o (70, -1), with the Florentine Lorenzo Gagli and the Capitoline Renato Paratore only 103 / i (71, par). Another hole in one for Joost Luiten who soon tastes us in the Canary Islands.
The Dutchman, after the one in the Gran Canaria Open, made another ace, at hole 2 (par 3). The 35-year-old from Bleiswijk, 10 / o with 65 (-6), got a taste for it. Sarasota mini-tour pro Michael Visacki, 27, Monday-qualified into this week’s Valspar Championship called home to break the news.
“I made it,” he croaks amid the tears, his father alternately cheering and crying. The emotional video is viral. “Just a lot of people give up on their dreams, probably because they can't afford it. But I've been lucky enough to be with my parents and been able to help me out sometimes to keep living it.
Tournaments would want us to register about two weeks in advance to know that they had so many players in. And sometimes money was tight where my parents would call the director and be like, ‘Do you mind putting my son in? I'll have the money for you when we get to the event.’ And they knew that I was a really good junior golfer, so they would accept that, they would waive that restriction for me back in the junior days"