After a day on the course in the Netherlands, Irish golfer Niall Kearney (-7) holds a two-shot lead over a large group of golfers by one or two strokes. He had one of the cleanest cards today with zero bogeys and seven birdies, three on the front nine and four on the back nine. This season on the European Tour, Kearney has reached three top 12 finishes and now he has the pressure on his back to try to maintain his lead and take his first win on the tour!
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Match date: 17.09.2021
Playing time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: The golf channel
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In the first round Thomas Detry finds himself two strokes from the top, but in the field with 13 other golfers within a birdie or eagle from the top of the field!
The betting favorites are everywhere in the ranking after a day on the pitch. Thomas Pieters (-3) is T24 and comes as the odds favorite to win this tournament. Just four strokes from the front doesn’t throw him out of the race, but it does give him some work today and over the weekend. Another favorite, Branden Grace (PAR) is an overall T73.
Former champion Joost Luiten (PAR) is also T73 after a day on the hunt for another Dutch Open Championship win and is chasing history.
Sam Horsfield (-5) is after the first day T4 and firmly in the race as another favorite in the tournament. He’s had a mixed day with three bogeys and eight birdies, with a slightly stronger front nine than back nine.
Marcus Helligkilde (-5) finds himself in the race mainly due to a great eagle on the seventh hole. Without that, he’s -3 and not where he is today, near the top of the leaderboard. He added three birdies and zero shots over par. It will be interesting to see how he handles the course today and if he can move up the leaderboard!
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