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Gudmundur Kristjansson happy with progression in his game

Gudmundur Kristjansson happy with progression in his game

Gudmundur Kristjansson insisted his game is progressing nicely after he posted opening rounds of 68 and 71 at the 2023 Hero Indian Open to make it through to the weekend for the third event in a row.

The 30-year-old from Iceland earned his DP World Tour card at the Qualifying School in November and started the 2023 campaign with five successive missed cuts either side of the Christmas break.

But he broke that run in Singapore before again making the cut at last week's Thailand Classic.

And Kristjansson kept the momentum going on Thursday and Friday at DLF Golf and Country Club as he carded nine birdies and four bogeys in his first 36 holes to head into the weekend on five under par, five shots behind runaway leader Yannik Paul in a tie for second.

Kristjansson is enjoying life on the DP World Tour and is pleased with how his game is progressing.

He said: "It's very nice. I've had a decent last two weeks, compared to what came before. There is some nice progression in my game so I'm very happy to be up there and playing nicely.

"I'm just loving it out there. It’s very enjoyable. I like going to new places so these last few weeks have been lovely."

Speaking about his relationship with new caddie Fraser O'Neill, Kristjansson added: "Fraser has been good. It’s our fourth week now and I think we’re gelling and getting to know each other better. 

"Work's been nice on and off the course. It's just feeling a little bit easier these last few weeks than it has been before."

This week's host course is not for the faint-hearted but Kristjansson has taken it in his stride.

He said: "It's a very tricky course but it is nice knowing that you’re not going to get away with anything here. You’re always laser-focused on not only where your target is but also where your leaves are. 

"Looking at that 18th green, if you miss the green, you’re very lucky to have a shot inside ten feet from there. I’ve been quite conservative in trying to leave everything between ten and 30 feet on every hole."

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