A tough day for all three of Niall Kearney, Cormac Sharvin and Jonathan Caldwell means they each need a drastic turnaround from round one to round two if they are just to make the cut at the Porsche European Open.
All three are outside the top-100 after the opening day’s action as Kearney and Sharvin both recorded six-over rounds of 78, with Caldwell slumping to an 80 which has left them floundering near the bottom of the leaderboard at Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg, Germany.
Kearney had looked to be the best of the three as he managed to card three birdies in his round, but an ugly pair of triple-bogeys – at his opening hole, the 10th, and then the third – alongside three bogeys did the damage on the Royal Dublin man’s card.
Ardglass ace Sharvin, meanwhile, couldn’t pick up a single birdie in his round and instead carded six bogeys to join Kearney at six-over, while Caldwell bogeyed four of his first five holes and then added a quadruple-bogey at the par-three 17th, with a birdie on his final hole at least something to cling to.
With the cut line currently sitting at two-over, it means all three will have to turn their fortunes around very quickly just to avoid missing the weekend let alone putting themselves in a position to compete.
At the top, Haotong Li and Joakim Lagergren hold a share of the lead after both carded five-under 67s on day one to be ahead by one over the Netherlands’ Wil Besseling after the opening day.
Li birdied the first three holes of his round before adding three more alongside one bogey to hit the top where he was joined by Lagergren after the Swede’s outrageous back nine that yielded an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys.
Besseling holds solo third at four-under after a 68 but will be left cursing a bogey at the 16th and a double-bogey at the 17th that could have had him two shots clear instead, with Adri Arnaus and last week’s winner Victor Perez leading a seven-strong group at three-under-par.