The MPO Function Card of this PDGA Euro Tour Championship was an absolute luxurious: three of the highest 5 within the factors standings of your entire circuit (Jakub Semerád, Miro Ryhänen and Silver Lätt) plus the present European Champion Dennis Augustsson, however the luck was very uneven for every of them:
On Thursday, we have been fortunate sufficient to play the entrance 9 of the observe spherical with Augustsson and benefit from the ease with which he parked gap after gap with excellent management of the angles within the robust wind. Nonetheless, Friday he would undergo three double bogeys within the first 4 holes! – sufficient to unsettle anybody – to retaliate with 5 birdies in a row, however this irregular spherical places him in the midst of the desk.
Barely higher was one of many younger sensations of the season, Sweden’s Miro Ryhänen with a strong -3 on the entrance 9 that may change into par for the course in the long run to depart him eighth.
And in fourth place is one other participant who is sort of all the time on the high, whether or not or not he has ups and downs: the Czech Jakub Semerád who with -2 is tied with the Dutchman Rienk Kan (who we additionally loved in coaching) and the Finn Lauri Hämäläinen, who will play tomorrow within the Lead Card as a result of his decrease PDGA quantity.
As much as third is his compatriot Rasmus Tuominen, whose unlucky triple bogey on the spectacular eleventh gap (with its slippery inexperienced sloping in the direction of the water) prevented him from getting nearer to the lead, however whose stage of play will clearly permit him to combat for the victory.
And one other contender for the victory, Elias Luukkonen, appeared along with his everlasting bucket hat and a cloth shoulder bag! However no, he was not going to the seaside – which could be very shut – however to ship the second-best card of the day with a really full recreation with simply two bogeis and giving the sensation that he nonetheless has slightly extra left within the tank. By the way in which, he was carrying that bag as a result of an issue along with his airline… 😉
And, main the match, the final member of the Function Card, the Estonian Silver Lätt who, after collaborating in 6 of the PDGA Euro Tour occasions, will attempt to put the icing on the cake to his nice season with a victory of very excessive stage. He confirmed a really sensible play laying up when the wind demanded it and amazed the viewers along with his forehand, among the finest on the planet, to attain an excellent -7 (1062 ranking).
And it was calm after the storm! 20ºC-68ºF, sunshine and a playful however manageable sea breeze of 25Km/h-15mph augured a terrific day to play the primary spherical of PDGA Euro Tour Championship – Andalucía Open within the metropolis of Chipiona (Spain).
The ladies opened the day at 9 a.m., and by gap quantity 5, what the scores indicated was confirmed: it appeared like we have been going to see a combat for victory between the 2 huge favourites: Finnish Silva Saarinen and Jenni Karppinen and one other one for third place between one other PDGA Euro Tour common, Estonia’s Birgit Vider and native wildcard participant Aida Rey.
On the entrance 9 and with the wind of their favour, the totally different kinds of approaching the spherical have been noticeable: Silva taking part in extra aggressively in the hunt for birdie however going through the odd bogey or double bogey and Jenni taking it straightforward and making an attempt to safe par when attainable to achieve the top of the spherical tied with a +3.
Birgit and Aida had a reasonably comparable entrance 9, however the Spaniard, as she advised us after the spherical, didn’t attain her finest stage of play because of the nerves that include taking part in alongside two of the very best gamers in Europe, with reside and recorded broadcasts, photographers, and so forth. and that she hopes to enhance in tomorrow’s spherical.