There are four players are tied at the top of the Czech Masters leaderboard, Thomas Pieters, Belgium, Callum Tarren, England, John Daly, USA, and Gavin Green from Malaysia.
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All four players carded opening rounds of -8 under 64, equaling the Albatross Golf Resort course record, to lead the Czech Masters by one shot.
John, 52 years old, said injuries have been hampering his golf;
“It’s been one of those years where I’ve been hitting it really good, I’ve just been injured and having to pull out.
“I don’t feel great but I got around today and I just played solid golf and it’s great. It feels good.”
“It was just one of those days where the yardages into the greens were so perfect it made it a little easier.”
“It was a very comfortable swinging round today and if I can do that every day, the injuries don’t tend to hurt as much.”
Thomas was driving the ball well, it just depends on the putter;
“I drove it pretty well and I putted really well.”
“I love it. It really suits my eye off the tee and it’s just a matter of making the putts over the rest of the week if I keep hitting it like that.”
“I’d rather go one better here and then do the same next week but I’m going to worry about tomorrow first and then Saturday, a day at a time.”
Callum is in just his second European Tour event, and is happy to have played one of his best rounds;
“That’s definitely one of my best rounds,”
“Obviously I’ve stepped up this week to the European Tour level so it’s good to get a good round in.”
“I would say it’s definitely my best tournament round, so I’m over the moon.”
Gavin putted well, and will just see what happens;
“It was very controlled, I was really free-flowing and solid all around.”
“I putted well and kept most shots in play.”
“I hit driver a lot as hard as I could and that worked out well and hopefully I can keep that going for the next couple of rounds and we’ll see what happens.”
Tapio Pulkkanen, Nacho Elvira, Andrea Pavan, Lee Slattery and Jeff Winther are all sharing fifth place at -7 under par.