Saudi International: LIV golfer Abraham Ancer starts early as Cameron Young starts strong | Golf News
Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Cameron Young are the two men behind the original leader Abraham Ancer in Saudi Arabia; The Asian Tour season opener has the majority of players expected to compete in this season’s LIV Golf League
Last Updated: 02/02/23 3:04 pm
Abraham Ancer scored 63 without a bogey to set the pace early at PIF Saudi International, where Sebastian Munoz also got off to a strong start.
The Mexican hit seven birdies in his opening round at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club to top the standings ahead of Presidents Cup runner Munoz, who has strong ties to the LIV Golf round. , who scored a spotless 64 points.
Ancer started on day 10 and made four birdies at nine points, including three in a row from day 13, then made three in a four-hole line after the first leg to set the target for the clubhouse. set.
“Obviously very happy,” Ancer said. “I felt like I was in control of most of the golf ball. I took advantage from the start when there was very little wind. It was in turn. [the wind] Starts pumping pretty well. Once it starts to work out that way, you try to hold on and be able to score a few birdies that’s definitely great.”
Munoz made six birdies in his bogey-free start, while PGA Tour member Cameron Young tied for third twice with LIV Golf members Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen. Young and Garcia both paired six birdies with a single bogey, as Oosthuizen started off bogey-free in his inaugural event of the year.
“Walking in, I didn’t know what to expect,” Munoz said. “Never been here. Never seen pictures of it. It’s nice. I like it. The facilities are nice and the course is good too.”
Sadom Kaewkanjana and Ian Snyman were the picks of players starting from the opening hole, with Scott Vincent scoring 4 under 68, with last week’s Hero Dubai Desert Classic runner-up Patrick Reed 4 points ahead of the group. with 3 points under , including Sam Horsfield and Richard Bland.
A final loss of eagle saw Lee Westwood open 68 under 68 and Brooks Koepka – playing alongside Ancer – joined defending champion Harold Varner III to start the week with a scoreline. one under 69, while Open champion Cameron Smith struggled to three out of 73.
Two-time Saudi Arabian International Champion Dustin Johnson withdrew before the first round of the Asian Tour season opener, citing a back injury.