Those of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat during the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday delivered a scorching opening round of 8 under par to take a lead along with South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout while those fighting for Ryder Cup venues have experienced mixed fortunes.
Aphibarnrat and Bezuidenhout scored 64 rounds, giving them a one-stroke lead over Australians Adam Scott with that of England Justin got up, hoping to impress the captain of the Ryder Cup Padraig Harrington, maps of a 67.
Another three could seal their places, depending on their performance this week at Wentworth and Harrington will also pick three wildcards.
Rose would need a win to secure himself an automatic place in the European squad, although a strong performance would increase his chances of a captain’s choice.
“All eyes are on me now,” I said. ”
“It’s a good start where I can focus on the positive scenario: I win the tournament to get right to the team. It’s clearly plan A, then plan B is all the other stuff. I did not really appreciate how much scenarios are still playing with so many players this week, so there is clearly a lot to shake off in the coming days. “
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, one of those who was on the verge of forcing his side on merit, struggled as he went 3 overs through the first six holes.
But he recovered excellently to score a one-under-71 on the 18th in a long eagle putt. Wiesberger needs a top-50 spot to secure his Ryder Cup debut.
Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who were 5-0 ahead when Europe beat the United States in Paris in 2018, had an impression of a try under 69, although he said he would not be part of the team this year due to back problems.
Westwood en Shane Lowry, who holds the last two automatic qualifying points, both scored a two-under-70 later in the day.
Garcia is Europe’s scorer with 25.5 from his nine games, while Poulter, who opened with 72 at Wentworth, was part of five winning teams.