Gavin Moynihan lets promising start slip away in Qatar

Irish golfer cards one-under 71 to sit five off the lead in windy Doha

Ireland’s  Gavin Moynihan  lines up a putt on the sixth green during day one of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan lines up a putt on the sixth green during day one of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

 

Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan let a very promising start slip away in the first round of the Qatar Masters on Thursday as he carded a one-under 71 at Doha Golf Club.

The 24-year-old made five birdies on his front nine after an early morning start in blustery conditions, turning in three-under 33. But a third bogey of the day on the par-five 10th hole and double-bogey five at the short 13th saw him hand back all his gains.

Moynihan finished on an up note with a birdie on the last to settle on one under and a share of 38th position.

South Africa’s Justin Walters admitted he was “ecstatic” after an opening 67 gave him a share of the lead after a windswept opening day.

Walters defied the testing conditions to fire five birdies and no bogeys in a flawless round and join Spain’s Adri Arnaus on five under par.

“Warming up today in the wind I thought any score under par would be great, so to shoot five under I’m ecstatic,” Walters said.

“I putted really well and my short game was really good today. I haven’t played that well, even in calmer conditions, in a while so it’s surprising and very welcome.

“I wouldn’t want to play another three days with a wind like this, especially after a relentless spell of wind in Oman last week.

“Hopefully, as the conditions improve over the next few days I can continue to play the way I’ve played today.”

Arnaus, who finished second on the Challenge Tour last year to graduate to the European Tour, and Walters enjoy a one-shot lead over a seven-strong group which includes South Africans Justin Harding and George Coetzee, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and Welshman Bradley Dredge.

“It was a lot of fun,” Arnaus said after a round containing an eagle, four birdies and a solitary bogey.

“The wind picked up early but I kept the ball in play most of the time. I gave myself good birdie chances and I was able to take advantage of some of them, so I’m pleased.

“It was good getting into contention last year and then at the end being able to close it out at the Challenge Tour Grand Final gave me the belief that I could go on and do it on a bigger stage. Tomorrow is a new day so I’ll just need to continue doing the same things.”

Ramsay started his round with an eagle on the 10th – his opening hole of the day – and reached five under par after 10 holes, only to drop shots on the seventh and eighth before a closing birdie on the ninth.

Oman Open winner Kurt Kitayama, who is seeking a third European Tour victory in his last 10 starts, is part of a 19-strong group on three under par after an opening 69.

Pre-tournament favourite Thomas Pieters is a shot further back alongside his World Cup-winning partner Thomas Detry.

SCORES
(Par 72, British and Irish unless stated. Play suspended with one group on the 18th hole).

67 Adri Arnaus (Esp), Justin Walters (Rsa)

68 Richie Ramsay, Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), Hugo Leon (USA), Justin Harding (Rsa), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), George Coetzee (Rsa), Bradley Dredge

69 Ross Fisher, Maximilian Kieffer (Ger), Oliver Wilson, Grant Forrest, Robert Karlsson (Swe), Ivan Cantero Gutierrez (Esp), Lee Slattery, Robert Macintyre, Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn), Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa), Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Kurt Kitayama (USA), Paul Waring, Scott Fernandez (Esp), Stuart Manley, Nick Cullen (Aus), Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)

70 Ben Evans, Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Niclas Johansson (Swe), Ashley Chesters, Deyen Lawson (Aus), Andy Sullivan, Jeff Winther (Den), Thomas Detry (Bel), Thomas Pieters (Bel)

71 Ricardo Gouveia (Por), Thomas Aiken (Rsa), Kalle Samooja (Fin), Kristoffer Broberg (Swe), Brandon Stone (Rsa), David Horsey, Jacques Kruyswijk (Rsa), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Hideto Tanihara (Jpn), Gavin Moynihan, Alejandro Canizares (Esp), Jordan Smith, Gavin Green (Mal), Nacho Elvira (Esp), Adrian Otaegui (Esp)

72 Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Adrian Meronk (Pol), Jorge Campillo (Esp), Mikko Korhonen (Fin), Kim Koivu (Fin), Daniel Gavins, Adrien Saddier (Fra), Tapio Pulkkanen (Fin), Robert Rock, Sebastian Soderberg (Swe), Marc Warren, Thomas Bjorn (Den), David Lipsky (USA), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Anton Karlsson (Swe), Clement Sordet (Fra), David Howell, Zander Lombard (Rsa), Matthew Southgate, Jin-ho Choi (Kor), Raphael Jacquelin (Fra), Matthias Schwab (Aut), David Drysdale, Liam Johnston, Jake McLeod (Aus), Fabrizio Zanotti (Pry), Sam Brazel (Aus), Jens Dantorp (Swe), Scott Gregory

73 David Law, Steven Brown, Alexander Bjork (Swe), Jack Singh Brar, Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa), Charlie Saxon (USA), Oliver Fisher, Scott Jamieson, Joachim B. Hansen (Den), Max Schmitt (Ger), Hyo-won Park (Kor), Benjamin Hebert (Fra), Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Esp), S.S.P Chawrasia (Ind), Haydn Porteous (Rsa), Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Pedro Figueiredo (Por), Lorenzo Gagli (Ita), Bernd Ritthammer (Ger)

74 Filippo Bergamaschi (Ita), Joakim Lagergren (Swe), Chris Paisley, Pablo Larrazabal (Esp), Sam Locke, Aaron Rai, Mitch Waite, Romain Wattel (Fra), Per Langfors (Swe)

75 Dean Burmester (Rsa), Chris Wood, Niklas Lemke (Swe), Richard McEvoy, Wilco Nienaber (a) (Rsa), Sean Crocker (USA), Min Woo Lee (Aus)

76 Kristoffer Reitan (Nor), Darren Fichardt (Rsa), Alvaro Quiros (Esp), Peter Hanson (Swe), Kristian Krogh Johannessen (Nor), Scott Hend (Aus), Stephen Gallacher, Andrea Pavan (Ita), Jeunghun Wang (Kor), Nino Bertasio (Ita)

77 Tom Lewis, Espen Kofstad (Nor), Ashun Wu (Chn), David Borda (Esp), Romain Langasque (Fra)

78 Ali Saleh Alb Kaabi (a) (Qat), Guido Migliozzi (Esp), Victor Perez (Fra)

79 Faycal Serghini (Mor), Renato Paratore (Ita)

80 Paul Lawrie, Mike Toorop (Ned)

81 Mikkel Mathiesen (Den)

82 Matthieu Pavon (Fra)

86 Jaham Alkuwari (Qat)

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