There are two players tied at the top of the Spanish Open, Paul Dunne of Ireland shares the honor with Marc Warren, Scotland, after the opening round at Centro Nacional de Golf in Spain.
Paul and Marc carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to top the Spanish Open leaderboard by one stroke.
Paul said some good putting gave him a lift up the leaderboard;
“I’m pretty pleased, I find the greens quite tricky to read out there, especially on the front nine, so it was nice to get a couple of putts go in on the back nine and give myself a climb up the leaderboard.”
“Our front nine was quite windy and that just makes it trickier to putt than anything else.”
“This golf course with the rough the way it is, kind of patchy, you can get away with some bad shots but it’s just hard to make the five, six-footers for par if you get out of position.”
“Then on the back nine the wind died a little bit but the rain came in so it was a tale of two halves. I’d rather the little bit of rain and calm conditions because it makes the greens a little more puttable for me.”
Marc also had a good day with the putter;
“It was good, finished with three birdies in a row so it kind of makes it look a little bit better.”
“Overall, it was really solid tee to green.”
“I putted really well today, pace was really good. The putts that missed I didn’t leave myself much to do and the good putts always looked like they had a chance of going in.”
“You know when you’re out that early and it’s cold and windy it’s always going to be a tough start so it’s important to be patient.”
“I’m really delighted with that start.”
Eleven players are that one shot back at -5 under, including Jon Rahm from Spain, fresh from his fourth place finish at The Masters.