Round 1 play at the Portugal Open was suspended due to the threat of thunder and lightning, but not before Matt Wallace, from England had carded -10 under par.
Matt carded a bogey free -10 under par 63 to lead the Portugal Open by one shot, reeling off five birdies in a row to take control of the tournament;
“It wasn’t looking great at the start when the rain came in ten minutes before my tee time. Then it stopped just as we got on to the tee, so that was kind of a good omen.”
“It was the old cliché. I just took one shot at a time and we had a really good day out there.”
“Everything was working well to be honest. Everything clicked. I made two good par saves on the front nine to keep the momentum going.
“After that every hole was at least a birdie chance, so it was a really good day.”
Sitting in second place at -9 under par is Sebastian Heisele, Germany, with a first round 64 which included an Eagle and two bogey’s and also missing a couple of short putts;
“Nine under is a great start, I’m happy with that.”
“I put together a few birdies in a row on the front and the back, which helped.”
“It was good to see Matt Wallace going out in front of me and giving me something to chase down. It’s just a bit of friendly rivalry. Seeing him chase up the board there a few groups in front of me was great, it was fun trying to keep up.”
“It was a steady round, I had a couple of good putts, but then there were a couple of short putts that didn’t go my way so it could have been better, but I’m happy with that.”
Julian Suri, U.S.A. with Paul Maddy and Jamie Rutherford, both from England, are tied in third place on -6 under par after posting matching opening rounds of 67.
Round one is due to resume at 0830 local time on Friday morning.