Niall Kearney of Ireland leads the Dutch Open after the first round at Bernardus Golf in The Netherlands.
Niall fired a bogey free -7 under par 65 to lead the Dutch Open by one shot on day one, and is fighting to earn his European Tour card;
“This year has been positive for me, I have had a lot of good finishes and put myself in the right spaces and I have grown in confidence from it. I am starting to feel a bit more comfortable which is great.”
“I found it really enjoyable, it’s got a real links feel to it. I play links golf at home, so I felt right at home, and I have been at home the past three weeks, so I feel rested somewhat and really enjoyed it.”
“I had a chip-in midway through the back nine, that was a bit of help and finished well, a couple under the last three holes so nice to finish that way and holed that one from 30 feet on 18.”
Tied in second place at -6 under after rounds of 66 are; Max Kieffer, Germany, carding two bogey’s today and Martin Simonsen of Denmark who had a bogey free round.
Max is looking at the Race to Dubai rankings;
“I have my eye on the top 50 to get to Dubai, I am inside that now but I have to play good golf over the next couple of weeks, so that is definitely the goal.”
Martin is happy with his good bogey free start;
“It was really nice, it has been a while since I have shot 66 in the opening round, usually I get off to a poor start and I am having to scramble, so happy with a good start. I played well all day and drove the ball really well.”
“Last year I was in contention quite a bit going into the weekend and then on Sunday I wasn’t finishing it off. It is way too early to talk about now, there is so much golf left to be played, but it would be nice to play four good days in a row.”