Thomas Detry Leads COVID-Delayed Porsche European Open

Thomas Detry
Thomas Detry gets ready to tee off on the 13th hole during the first round of the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle GC on June 5, 2021 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel via Getty Images)

Thomas Detry produced a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after day one of the COVID-delayed 2021 Porsche European Open.

Due to Germany’s authoritarian covid-19 rules, the European Tour was forced into a Saturday start and a reduced 54 hole event at the acclaimed Green Eagle Golf Courses.

Starting on the 10th, Detry played his first nine (10-18) to 1-over par 39. After turning, he mixed three birdies with a double to get back to even par through 13 holes. The 28-year old Belgian then reeled off four birdies on Nos. 6-9 to reach 4-under par 68.

“The golf course is really tough this week, it’s almost a U.S. Open set up,” said Detry.

“I played the front nine really steady, my first nine holes, didn’t really make anything and made a little mistake – a bogey – but on the back nine I got it going.

“Two early birdies, a double on one of the easiest holes, then I had a nice bounce back with a tap-in birdie and had another four birdies.

“It’s completely different, it’s very Major. I played the US PGA two weeks ago and it’s a similar approach, you have to drive it on the fairway otherwise it’s really penalizing.

“In a way that’s golf that suits me a bit more, I tend to struggle on easy courses where you’re forced to make birdies otherwise you’re losing ground and it’s a completely different approach on this golf course.

“I’m very pleased with the way I’ve been playing. I hit 12 fairways today, some really good golf so I’m pleased with it and I’m looking forward to the next couple of days.”

A foursome comprised of Englishman Ashley Chesters, Scotsman David Law, Chinaman Wu Ashun, and Swede Alexander Bjork were T2 on 3 under.

Six more players were one further back on 2 under par, including home favorite Marcel Schneider.

2021 Porsche European Open

Top-5 Leaders: Round 1

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 1)
1. Thomas Detry -4 (68)
2. Wu Ashun -3 (69)
3. Alexander Bjork -3 (69)
3. Ashley Chesters -3 (69)
5. David Law -3 (69)


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