Words by BGB Editorial
LONDON, England: A tiro of Justin Harding, Adri Arnaus and Tyrrell Hatton all posted 66s to make the early running on the opening day of the BMW PGA Championship.
After the stormy weather at last week’s Scottish Open, the stellar field gathered for the Tour’s marquee event were treated to much more favourable conditions at the historic Wentworth layout.
“To lift the trophy here is a goal of mine in my career and hopefully I can play well the next few days and give myself a chance to do that.”Tyrrell Hatton
Early starter Hatton took full advantage, rolling in an eagle and five birdies against a solitary slip at the par-four seventh (his 17th) to set the clubhouse lead at six-under par.
“To lift the trophy here is a goal of mine in my career and hopefully I can play well the next few days and give myself a chance to do that,” said Hatton, who has two Rolex Series wins in his locker.
“I just feel pretty comfortable out on the golf course. I’ve been around it so many times now, so (it) kind of almost has that home course feel and you just feel like you know it so well.”
For much of the day it seemed the score would not be matched but Asian Tour stalwart Harding and the somewhat unheralded Adri Arnaus had other ideas.
The duo moved into a share of the lead without dropping a single shot between them.
English duo Eddie Pepperell and Matthew Fitzpatrick moved within one of the leaders, alongside Open Champion Shane Lowry and Malaysia’s Gavin Green.
MIXED DAY FOR THE THAI CHALLENGERS…
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat did much of his work on a back nine that included an eagle at the par-five 12th and a brace of birdies. The big-hitter ended the day on one-under par 71 in a share of 32nd position.
Countryman Jazz Janewattananond went out in 40 but was able to repair some of the damage with three unanswered birdies on his journey home to post a one-over par 73 and move into a share of 69th.