Everything you need to know from Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.
Horsey on the charge, Poulter shows off his sand skills and conditions favour early birdies.
Here is everything you need to know from day one at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.
Horsey gallops down home strait
David Horsey described his own form coming into the week as “rubbish” but the Englishman looked in fine form as he turned in a two under 33. The best was yet to come, however, as he birdied seven of the back nine to lead after a nine under 61. “I didn't really feel like I missed many shots,” he said. “I holed a couple of nice, lengthy putts as well and it all adds up to 61.”
Gallacher bounces in the background
Stephen Gallacher had to endure a difficult year in 2020, but things are looking up in 2021 after he fired an eight under 62 to lie second. “It was just draw a line in the sand for 2020,” he said. “With everything that happened, the pandemic, my dad, losing friends, it was just one of those terrible years. I couldn't wait for 2021 to come really and get back to a bit of normal - back playing and back enjoying it.”
Today marks Stephen Gallacher's 584th European Tour event.— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 4, 2021
His round one 62 is the lowest opening round of his career ✍️#SaudiIntlGolf | @Workday
Poulter shows off short game skills
There aren't many better players out the sand than Ian Poulter...
Comms: "He's great out of the sand. He's one of the best."— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 4, 2021
Ian Poulter...#SaudiIntlGolf pic.twitter.com/p1TxhjWYjd
Location, location, location
Speaking of sand...
Golf by the Red Sea 🌊#SaudiIntlGolf pic.twitter.com/j37ULrIwIy— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 4, 2021
Tough work for afternoon wave
Horsey and Gallacher both completed their rounds in the morning session, which might be just as well given the difference in scoring.
Round 1 Stroke Average:— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 4, 2021
AM: 68.21 ☀️
PM: 70.22 🌬️#SaudiIntlGolf pic.twitter.com/ISnKw2qINS