Spain’s Juan Parron conjured an electrifying finish to his opening round at the Open Mahou de Madrid to take the first round lead for the second consecutive week on the European Challenge Tour. The 23 year old birdied four of his last five holes at the Club de Golf La Herreria to take a one stroke lead from the Italian duo of Massimo Florioli and Gregory Molteni.
Parron found himself in a similar position just seven days ago when, after almost being disqualified for missing his tee time, he produced a wonderful opening round to lead the Credit Suisse Challenge after the opening day.
He produced a similar performance in his home country on Thursday. Starting his round on the back nine, Parron was two under after two holes. He fell back to one under after dropping his only stroke of the day on the 14th, but soon banished that to the back of his mind by picking up strokes on the 15th and 16 to get back to three under.
Parron then notched six consecutive pars before his typically explosive finish, when he birdied the fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth, took him into the lead.
“That was a good round,” he said. “I always seem to be very relaxed on the first day of tournaments and everything comes to me very easily when I am in a relaxed frame of mind. I didn’t do anything especially well, but I took advantage of all of the chances that came to me and that has made the difference today.
“I don’t know why I play so well in the first round, but my second rounds have not been so good recently and that is something that I have to work on. I have to learn to keep going at tournaments, but this is still just my first year on the Challenge Tour and I am learning and gaining experience all the time.”
Currently one of the Challenge Tour’s most exciting young talents, Parron has been in great form for the past month, and, as a result of an excellent run of results that included a fourth place finish at the dual ranking Aa St Omer Open, is currently fourth on the Challenge Tour Rankings in this his first full season on Europe’s second Tour.
Parron began the season hoping to consolidate his Challenge Tour category and gain some invaluable experience of four round competitions all over the world, but he is now, quite rightly, focusing on a place in the Challenge Tour’s end of season top 20, which would guarantee him a European Tour card for 2007.
He continued to go about securing a place on The European Tour for next season in the right manner with his opening 64 here in Madrid, finishing brilliantly to leap to the top of the leaderboard, one stroke ahead of Florioli and Molteni, with no less than eight players tied together on five under par.
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