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ITC R1 - Simpson’s Six Appeal Puts The Wind in England’s Sails.
England’s Paul Simpson made light of the windy conditions to blow the opposition away in the first round of the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship at Roda, Spain.
Simpson, the head professional at West Berkshire Golf Club, fired a scorching six-under-par round of 66, as England closed on seven-under to establish a six-shot advantage at the head of the 24-strong field.
With each team comprising three players and the two best scores counting, the 38-year-old Simpson was aided and abetted by Kedleston Park’s Paul Wesselingh who posted a one-under-par 71. The third member of the trio, Twyford Golf’s Jeremy Robinson carded 76 over the PGA-branded course.
The highlight of Simpson’s round, which included six birdies and two bogeys, came at the par four 300-yard 6th.
“My drive landed 15 feet from the pin and I holed the putt for an eagle,” explained Simpson, whose game was neither hindered by the strong wind nor the lack of a practice round.
“There were some cross winds, which made things a bit tricky,” he added. “And I arrived late so I wasn’t able to have a practice round. Neither seems to have done me any harm.”
While Simpson thrived in the conditions, others foundered in the chase for the 6,000 Euros first prize.
Defending champions Ireland were indebted to John Kelly’s two-under-par to end the day in joint-second place alongside Belgium, Wales and the United Arab Emirates.
Gilles Monville proved the Belgians’ star performer by posting three-under-par, a total that was eclipsed by the UAE Simon Payne’s four-under, while James Lee (one-under) and Jason Powell (level) kept Wales in the hunt.
Source: The PGAs of Europe
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