Frenchman David Dupart leads the Talma Finnish Challenge after his new strategy worked to perfection and inspired him to an opening 64 that shot him two shots clear of the rest of the European Challenge Tour field on eight under par.
The 25 year old has adopted a new approach to his game whereby he breaks the 18 holes into six stages and tries to play each stage in one under in attempt to intensify his levels of concentration over the course of each round.
It worked to perfection at the par 72, 6897 yard Golf Talma course just outside Helsinki, where his 64 contained no bogeys and eight birdies – clearly the card of a focused man.
“It’s good to be at the top of the leaderboard after the first round but there is a long way to go,” he said.
“I feel as though I have improved my game a lot over the past few weeks and some of that has to be put down to my new approach to playing 18 holes.
“I have been trying to play the course in stages of three holes, and I look to birdie at least one of the three holes in each stage so it worked even better than I hoped for today.
“This approach seems to help me. I feel that I am concentrating more on my shots and I have more focus about what I have to do. Plus, I really enjoyed it out there today. The course is set up well and the shape of it suits me very well.”
The Frenchman leads by two from a group of five players, with another five only three strokes off the lead.
Sebastien Fernandez from Argentina, Regis Gustave of St Lucia, Finnish player Pasi Purhonen – who is the touring professional for the Golf Talma Course – along with German Tino Schuster and Austrian Martin Wiegele are all two shots back after the first day.
With 76 players under par after round one, it looks set to be another hotly contested Challenge Tour weekend as temperatures in Finland soar to almost 100 degrees.