Jamie Donaldson is the 1st round leader of the D+D REAL Czech Masters in Prague.
Jamie shot a first round -6 under par 66 to top the leaderboard in the Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague. He has a one shot lead over Mikael Lundberg, who carded -5 under par 65.
Jamie reported that he had played well, and hopes to continue that form for the rest of the week;
“I played nicely, he course was playing tough early on, quite windy and then died down late but that finish is pretty tough, so I’m happy with the result. I’ve got a bit of a cold but you just get on with it. I don’t feel too bad considering but I’m here and playing nicely and more of the same tomorrow.”
“I know what I’ve got to do this week so it’s just a case of going out and doing it. It’s another golf tournament where you’ve got to go out there and play as well as you can and content to win the tournament. I’m in a position to do that now; I just need more of the same over the next three rounds.”
“You can’t go too heavily into it, you have to go out there and it’s just one shot at a time like any other week. There are other things circling around this result but you have to get on with it and keep doing the same things you’ve been doing every week.”
Mikael also said he had played solid golf, making just one error on the day;
“I played really steady and really solid, I only made one mistake today and made some putts so it doesn’t get much better than that.”
“This year, I’ve worked with my new coach and we made big progress, there’s way more stability and control in the game. We make everything more simple so I’m very happy with what’s going on now, it feels nice.”
“The hardest thing to do is keep it simple but you try to take away all unnecessary movements and make everything more simple but it’s not that easy to do.”
There are ten players sharing third place, all at -4 under par for their opening rounds of 68, one of them is Ken Ferrie who had this to say following his amazing start of six straight birdies;
“I didn’t see a great deal of birdies in practice but obviously I seemed to find them all early today, six birdies to start the day is always nice!”
“They were all reasonable chances and shots to the greens and taking it from there. Overall it wasn’t too bad; I’m disappointed not to finish at least where I was or push on but it’s tough out there, definitely not an easy course. You do pinch yourself a little. You make a birdie at the par five and that’s fair enough, wedge at the second and you make birdie, just missed out on a hole in one at three, then a wedge close at five and a long putt at five.”
“The thing is you know it’s going to end eventually, you’re not going to keep it going for 18 holes unfortunately – it’s a little bit unreal but it’s always nice, you take them when you get them.”
“The front nine there are a lot of wedge holes where if you can wedge it well and hole a few putts you’re can do a lot but the back nine is a little trickier, there are a couple more funky greens.”
“Obviously I had a couple of rough years and lost my card and haven’t managed to get it back yet so I’m playing whenever I can, as a past champion of events and late invites. It’s my own doing, I didn’t play well enough two years ago or at Q-School and I haven’t been able to get on a sustained run to get back out.”