Two players are tied at the top of the D+D Real Czech Masters tournament, Eduardo de la Riva, from Spain, and Italian Renato Paratore.
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Eduardo carded an Eagle on the last hole to join playing partner Renato at the top of the D+D Real Czech Masters leaderboard after opening rounds of -7 under par 65’s.
Eduardo was very pleased to finish with two;
“It is very good to finish with a two on a par four, especially on this 18th hole which is very difficult.”
“I didn’t have to take a putt on the 18th, so it is a very good finish. It is perfection.”
“I played very well in Denmark for the first two rounds and then at the weekend, on the greens I putted very badly.”
“I feel good. Today I putted well and the long and short game were good too. It is a nice course and nice weather. The course is in good condition.”
“Renato and I are friends. He is a very good young player and it is nice to play with him.”
18 year-old Renato was very happy with his putting;
“Today I played really solid from the tee to the green and on the back nine I putted really well.”
“So I’m happy with a 65. It is my best round on The European Tour.”
“My irons were good today and I gave myself a lot of chances. I made five birdies on the back nine and made a lot of putts.”
“The first eight tournaments I played really well but then I dropped a bit the last three months. Then from Austria I changed my swing and I’m playing better.”
“It was nice playing with Eduardo too and he had a great finish.”
There are four players tied at -6 under par, Pele Edberg, Sam Hutsby, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters.
Pele has got off to a good start, although he putted well, he said he did not pay well;
“It’s a very nice start. I read the greens pretty good today and holed some putts.”
“I didn’t play very well but it is a great score and we are off to a good start.”