Friday, 19 March 2010
Thunderstorms followed by prolonged heavy rain brought a premature end to play on the opening day of the Gunther Hamburg Classics in Germany. Half the field has still to complete their first round, which will resume at 7.15 local time on Friday.

Of the morning starters, who were able to complete 18 holes, Sweden’s Peter Hanson and Michael Archer from England lead the field with six under par 66s. But Dutchman, Robert Jan Derksen is on six under with three holes to play.

They are a stroke clear of South African, Ian Hutchings and two more Englishmen, Andrew Butterfield and Sam Walker.

Archer is playing mind games in a bid to find some form and it seems to be working. The 36 year old from Newcastle has turned to psychology and is now at the top of the leaderboard

Starting at the 10th tee, Archer's front nine was nothing special, in fact he didn't hit a fairway for five holes and looked anything but a leader as he reached the turn in 35.

But what a transformation after that. At the 416-yard first he holed a wedge from 122 yards for an eagle-two and followed that with back-to-back birdies from eight and 15 feet respectively. Although he dropped another shot at the fourth, two more birdies brought him home in 31 and a share of the lead with Hanson.

"Although I shot 66, I feel so uncomfortable over the ball," he said. "My swing feels so bad but I'm trying to block that out of my mind and rely on my experience.

"I've got a book called 'The Right Mind for Golf' which I've read several times, while Andrew Sherborne gave me a tip two weeks ago at a tournament and it seems to be working. I'm just going out and enjoying my golf these days and see what happens."

The day didn’t start well for Fredrik Andersson and it cost him four penalty shots. He mistook his 8 30am start time for an hour later and when he realised his error and dashed to the 10th tee he was told he was 15 seconds late.

For that he racked up two shots and after striking his opening drive he picked up two more when he was told he had 16 clubs in his bag.

Being four over par before you have played the first hole is quite a handicap. But the 29 year old Swede is a fighter and he bounced back to pick up four shots and finish on level par 72.

“It’s never happened to me before,” he said. “I thought I was off at 9.30 and after I had dashed to the tee I didn’t think about how many clubs I had in the bag.

“I was pretty wound up for the first three or four holes and that’s not the best way to start, but I did well to finish at level par.”

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Tournament Leaderboard

PosPlayer NameNatHolePar
1HANSON, PeterSWE18-23
2DERKSEN, Robert-JanNED18-20
T3HURLEY, Simon D. ENG18-18
T3HEDBLOM, PeterSWE18-18
T3HUTCHEON, GreigSCO18-18
T3BOSSERT, AndréSUI18-18
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