Bradley Dredge of Wales leads the French Open after the first round at Le Golf National in Paris, France.
Bradley shot -4 under par 67 to top the HNA Open de France leaderboard fighting high winds and punishing rough, and was happy to be in the slightly easier conditions in the morning rounds;
“It was getting tougher and tougher out there, obviously delighted with that score to start the tournament off.”
“I think it’s playing just right at the moment in terms of firmness. There’s just a bit of give on the fairways and the greens.”
“Got off to a bad start on ten with a poor tee-shot and made bogey but after that, to remain bogey-free, very pleased with that.”
Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland and Andy Sullivan of England share second place, one shot back at -3 under following their opening efforts of 68.
Graeme likes this course;
“It’s always nice to come back to a place where you played well, good feelings, good visuals.”
“This is kind of where I grew up and this is where I feel most comfortable and it’s nice to come back and enjoy playing good golf.”
“Having been coming here for years and having some success here, I do stand on some of these tee-boxes and feel a level of comfort.”
Tied in fourth place at -2 under are Thomas Pieters, Belgium, Dean Burmester, South Africa and Robert Karlsson of Sweden, all with rounds of 69.
Andy is back in form;
“I think it’s close, today was up there with it, I feel like I’ve gone through the tough times now and come out the other side of it and feel like I’m also improving on what I had before.”
“Any time you can shoot in the 60s around here, it’s special.”