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Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale - Day one digest

Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale - Day one digest

Everything you need to know from day one at The Celtic Manor Resort.


Howell joined the DP World Tour's 700 club and Korhonen put on a show on day one of the 2022 Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale.

Here is everything you need to know from day one at The Celtic Manor Resort.

Howell joins exclusive club

David Howell became just the third player to make 700 DP World Tour appearances when he teed it up on Thursday, following in the footsteps of Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Sam Torrance. The Englishman received warm applause as he made his way to the first tee at The Celtic Manor Resort before being presented with a memento. He said: "You couldn't dream it actually, I don't think there's ever a time that you're on Tour and think that you'd reach the number of 700."

...And gets message from fellow club member

Torrance, who sits second on the all-time appearance list, was quick to congratulate Howell on his achievement.

Class from Korhonen

Mikko Korhonen was holding his very own Shot of the Day contest in the opening round. After holing a beautifully-judged birdie chip from over the back of the 17th green, he sent his approach at the long 18th to five feet before tapping in for an eagle.

And if you thought that was good, check out his eagle...

Pepperell's perfect putts

Eddie Pepperell impressed on the greens on Thursday, delighting the locals with sensational putts on the tenth and 13th, both for birdie. Firstly he sent this quick 20-footer down the slope and into the hole from the fringe...

Then three holes later, he drained this monster putt from 42 feet.

Guerrier's glorious recovery

Starting his round from the 11th tee, Julien Guerrier opened with a birdie before dropping three shots in a row at the 12th, 13th and 14th. But he bounced back in style, making back-to-back birdies from around eight feet at the 15th and 16th before picking up another shot from close range on the 18th to repair the damage. Further birdies at the third, fifth and ninth saw him sign for an opening 67, which earned him a share of the lead after a day where this week's host course showed its teeth.

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