Thursday, 18 September 2014
Nicolas Colsaerts  (Getty Images)
Nicolas Colsaerts (Getty Images)

Joost Luiten is the man out front after the first round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open, but Nicolas Colsaerts, who broke the European Tour's long-drive record on day one at Celtic Manor, is just one shot back. See some of the key numbers behind the opening day's play here...

– under par leads the way for Joost Luiten after day one at Celtic Manor

30 – shots was all it took for Luiten to come home in

– birdies on Luiten’s back nine

– players are in a tie for second in Wales – Nicolas Colsaerts and Andrew McArthur

447 – yard drive from Colsaerts at the par five 18th which saw the Belgian break the European Tour’s long-drive record

7 – rounds in the 60s for the in-form Colsaerts in his last 9 rounds, after his opening 66 at Celtic Manor

4 – of the European Ryder Cup side are in action in Wales – Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood & Thomas Björn

14 – pars in a row for Donaldson today in his one under par opening round 70

6 – former & current Ryder Cup stars have won the Welsh Open

– over par overall on day one for the players in Paul McGinley’s side

- amount of home winners at the Welsh Open since it began in 2000

– bogeys in Eddie Pepperell’s opening round 68

74 – for defending champion Grégory Bourdy in the first round at Celtic Manor

14 – the par four played the toughest, averaging 4.66

15 – the following par four played the easiest, averaging 3.56

- for José Maria Olazábal at the 18th (his eighth hole) 

– players shot less than 67 in round one last year – Espen Kofstad – 64, Chris Wood – 65, Richard Green – 66 (none of those players went on to finish in the top thirty)

– eagles last year at the 18th all tournament

6 – eagles already on the last hole after just one round

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LUITEN, JoostNED18-14
T2LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-13
T4COLSAERTS, NicolasBEL18-12

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