Thomas Pieters leads the inaugural Saudi International at seven under par. The Belgian had the advantage of calm morning conditions and posted opening round 63 after seven birdies and no dropped shots. Six players share second place at 5 under par, two behind the leader Pieters.
First round leaderboard:
“I hit my wedges and short irons really close to the hole…I think I had maybe ten good chances for birdie and made seven of them…I thought with the wind it’s going to play quite easy. If you play in the morning, you’re going to have to make a good score. They said around 11.30 or 12.00, it’s going to pick up every day, and it did.”…said the leader after his round
Pieters first round highlights:
Usually Henrik Stenson plays well in this part of the world. The Swede was struggling with an injury last year but it seems this has left in the past. After the first round Stenson shares 31th place at 2 under par.
From the group of the big favorites Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau had the best day on the course. They are in the group at 2 under par. World number one Justin Rose shares 65th place at level par after the first round.