Maximilian Kieffer Headlines Four-Way Tie in Gran Canaria

Maximilian Kieffer
Maximilian Kieffer on the 3rd tee during the first round of the Gran Canaria Open at Meloneras Golf Club on April 22, 2021 in Maspalomas, Spain. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Maximilian Kieffer bounced back from his tough playoff loss in Austria to share the day-one lead at the 2021 Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.

The German was tied on 7-under par 63, alongside Dane Joachim B. Hansen, Dutchman Joost Luiten and Robin Roussel of France.

Luiten produced the day’s fireworks with a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th hole, hitting a wedge from 140.

“It was a perfect number for me to hit a wedge,” said Luiten. “It’s tucked just over the bunker but you can use the slope, right to left, I pitched it on the slope with a bit of spin and it went in.

“It’s one of these bonus things that happens sometimes, it’s always nice to make a hole-in-one.”

English trio Richard Bland, Ben Evans and Matt Ford, Dutchman Wil Besseling, Spaniard Alejandro Del Rey, Scot Scott Jamieson and American Julian Suri were a shot off the lead.

2021 Gran Canaria Lopesan Open

Top-5 Leaders: Round 1
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 1)
1. Maximilian Kieffer -7 (63)
1. Joachim B. Hansen -7 (63)
1. Joost Luiten -7 (63)
1. Robin Roussel -7 (63)
5. Richard Bland -6 (64)
5. Ben Evans -6 (64)
5. Matt Ford -6 (64)
5. Wil Besseling -6 (64)
5. Scott Jamieson -6 (64)
5. Julian Suri -6 (64)

Material, including press releases, from the European Tour Media were used to compile this report.


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