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Jonathan Caldwell missed the cut at last week’s English Championship, however, he got off to a good start at the Celtic Classic in Wales and finished on three under for the day. Caldwell had a good front nine with birdies on the par 4, 5th and par 5, 9th to make the turn two under par.
The 36-year-old had a mixed back nine with a bogey on the par 3, 10th, he also had birdies on the par 5, 11thand par 3, 13th. Caldwell eagled the par 4, 15th but unfortunately dropped shots on his last two holes to finish on three under and is four shots off the lead, currently tied 22nd. The Clanderboye golfer is looking to have a strong round tomorrow in order to stay in contention at the Celtic Classic.
Cormac Sharvin had a steady round at the Celtic Manor Resort. He unfortunately started his front nine with bogeys on his first two holes, he birdied the par 3, 7th and made the turn one over. Sharvin’s back nine was better with pars on each hole and a birdie on the par 5, 11th to finish on level par for the day. The Ardglass golfer will need a strong round tomorrow to make it into the weekend.
Gavin Moynihan will be disappointed with his round in Wales and finished on three over for the day. He had a birdie free front nine with bogeys on the par 4, 1st, par 3, 7th and par 5, 9th to make the turn three over par.
Moynihan had a better back nine but unfortunately dropped shots on the 11th and 12th but recovered well with birdies on the par 3, 13th and par 4, 15th. He unfortunately had a bogey and a birdie on his last two holes to finish on three over for the day. The 25-year-old needs a great round tomorrow in order to make it into the weekend.
Paul McGinley competed in his first European Tour event this year and finished on four over for the day. He had an unfortunate front nine with a bogey on the par 5, 2nd and double bogeys on the par 3, 3rd and par 3, 7thto make the turn five over par.
The Ryder Cup captain recovered well during his back nine, he parred his way to a birdie on the par 4, 15th but gave it back on the par 4, 16th and finished his round with a birdie on the last. He is currently tied 113th and it will be unlikely that he will be playing golf during the weekend.
Thomas Pieters holds a one shot lead on his return to golf following a superb first round 64 at the inaugural Celtic Classic.
The 28-year-old Belgian has not played since the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in March but he showed no sign of rust at the Celtic Manor resort with a seven under par round that included eight birdies and a single bogey.
The four-time European Tour winner, who became a father for the first time to daughter Florence during the hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, never looked back after dropping his only shot of the day on the second, coming home in 29 to move one shot clear of England's Toby Tree and Australian Jake McLeod.
Tree also dropped a single shot on the second hole in his six under par round of 65, while McLeod eagled the last to jump in to a share of second place.
Italian Edoardo Molinari – who starred in Europe’s 2010 Ryder Cup win at the Newport venue - is a shot further back on five under par, alongside his compatriot Guido Migliozzi, Swede Sebastian Soderberg, Nacho Elvira of Spain, American Sihwan Kim, Scotland's Marc Warren and Adrian Meronk of Poland.
Thomas Pieters: "I putted well and kept my ball in play, so I didn’t really get myself in trouble. It was tough pulling clubs sometimes and I put some new grips on which were very slippery, so I was struggling with that all day.
"(The chip in on 17) was a little Pete Cowen special. It was grass against us, a little downhill so I tried to draw it, hit my spot and lucky it went it. It was a good shot.
"Fatherhood has been fantastic. I miss my little baby girl, but I am thankful I can play golf right now. It is the first event in five months, so it feels nice to get out there and actually put a score down."
Toby Tree: "I putted really nice today but I hit some loose shots. Just tried to play golf and not think too much about my swing. Just keep playing, be good mentally, see what we ended up with.
"I loved it. It's a bit different to what we have played the last few weeks - a bit bigger, longer. It's in great nick. It was a pleasure this morning, good weather, no wind."
Edoardo Molinari: "A 66 is always nice - a birdie at the last as well. It's always nice coming back here, obviously I have good memories. It's a golf course where in The Ryder Cup year I played well before The Ryder Cup, so it definitely suits my eye. I've had quite a few good finishes here in the past. Good memories both from The Ryder Cup and other tournaments.
"It's unbelievable to be honest (being back out playing). If you asked me two months ago I would have said we didn't have a chance to play this year. At the end of the day we need to be supportive of our Tour and play as much as we possibly can. Hopefully soon we'll be through all this."