European Tour Aphibarnrat, Bezuidenhout set Wentworth pace as Rose makes late Ryder Cup bid

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Rose boosts Ryder Cup hopes with solid start at Wentworth

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VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Justin Rose needs to win the BMW PGA Championship to qualify automatically for a fifth straight appearance at the Ryder Cup.

The Englishman is off to a strong start in that quest.

Rose shot a bogey-free, 5-under 67 and was three shots off the first-round lead shared by Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout, two players for whom the specter of Ryder Cup qualification does not matter this week.

The European Tour’s flagship event at its headquarters at Wentworth, southwest of London, marks the final chance for Ryder Cup hopefuls to earn points to get into the final places on offer for the match against United States at Whistling Straits this month.

Rose, ranked No. 45, is most likely relying on a captain’s pick by Padraig Harrington and he did his cause no harm by making three birdies in his first six holes and also picking up a shot on the par-5 18th. He was tied for fourth place.

“Plan A is obviously to win,” Rose said. “Plan B is just to play well enough to give Padraig something to think about. I covered both of those bases today.”

Rose went round the West Course with his manager, Paul McDonnell, on the bag after his regular caddie tested positive for the coronavirus.

Former top-ranked player Adam Scott played in the same group as Rose and shot 65, placing him alone in third place. The Australian is contesting the event for the first time since 2006.

Scott missed a short putt to win a six-man playoff in the Wyndham Championship last month, and an early exit from the first FedEx Cup playoff event then brought an end to his PGA Tour season.

“I’ve been feeling like I’ve been playing well and that’s one of the reasons why I came here this week,” the 2013 Masters champion said.

“I didn’t have anything to play in the last couple of weeks so I felt like this was a great opportunity to come and play a really good event and bring back good memories from early days in my career.”

Aphibarnrat, who secured his PGA Tour card for next season via the Korn Ferry Tour last week, made eight birdies in his final 12 holes. A birdie on the last would have seen the 32-year-old Thai cover the back nine in just 29 but after failing to escape from a fairway bunker at the first attempt, he had to hole from 20 feet to save par.

Bezuidenhout also finished strongly, with four birdies in his final six holes, to have the best score of the afternoon starters.

Bernd Wiesberger needs a top-50 finish to potentially move into the automatic qualifying places for the Ryder Cup, maybe at the expense of Shane Lowry in ninth place, and he was 3 over after six holes. However, he birdied the 11th and 17th, before rolling in a long eagle putt at the last for a 1-under 71.

Wiesberger would have been in the automatic places with a win in the Omega European Masters last month, but double-bogeyed the final hole to lose by one shot.

Lowry birdied the last for a 70. If he is edged to an automatic qualifying spot by Wiesberger, the 2019 Open champion might be up against Rose and Henrik Stenson for one of Harrington’s three captain’s picks.

Harrington strongly hinted this week that Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia would get two of the picks, leaving one up for grabs.

Stenson has come into form at the perfect time with two top-five finishes and a tie for 15th in his last three starts on the European Tour, and the Swede opened at Wentworth by shooting 69 after birdies at Nos. 17 and 18.

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Justin Rose makes first move with opening 67 at Wentworth

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Rose remains one of the players involved in a scrap for a captain’s pick, with the BMW PGA Championship providing the final opportunity for players to impress Harrington. Rose is five under for the tournament and quickly one up on his fellow Ryder Cup hopefuls.

Rose, who had his manager Paul McDonnell on the bag after his regular caddie tested positive for Covid-19, said: “It’s obviously a really nice start for the tournament. Gives me the opportunity now to sink in my teeth and focus on what I should be focusing on.

“Plan A is obviously to win,” Rose said. “Plan B is just to play well enough to give Pádraig something to think about. I covered both of those bases today.”

The Englishman did not drop a shot but was still outshone by one of his playing partners. Adam Scott, making a rare appearance on the European Tour, signed for a 65. His finest moment came at the 15th, where he flipped from a scramble to save par to taking the acclaim of the galleries after chipping in from 50 yards for a birdie.

“I got out of jail there, it was an incredible three,” Scott said. “Sometimes it’s just your day out there and it kind of felt like that a bit for me today. It’s not been the easiest year on the course for me. I’ve struggled to get momentum going, unlike today.”

On Rose’s scenario, Scott said: “He’s under pressure, yes. But Justin is world class. He’s one of the best players of this generation. When the pressure is on, he has shown an ability to lift himself.” A smile followed. “I would pick him . . . but I’m his mate.”

As Bernd Wiesberger struggled to three over par after six holes, one element of Harrington’s job as Ryder Cup captain initially looked easier. If the Austrian finishes in the Top 50 at Wentworth he should snatch the final automatic qualifying berth from Shane Lowry.

Adding Lowry to the pick equation has a clear effect on others so it was significant that Wiesberger played his closing dozen holes in four under. A birdie-eagle finish in particular kept his Whistling Straits dreams alive.

Lowry carded four birdies and two bogeys in an opening two-under 70 matched by playing partner Lee Westwood.

A closing birdie left the Offaly man six shots off the pace and he is one shot clear of Jonathan Caldwell and Graeme McDowell after they both opening with 71s.

Harrington’s first round of level-par 72 could have been so much better only for double-bogeys at his opening and closing holes. Cormac Sharvin will have to return early in the morning to finish his round after he was called in on the 16th hole due to bad light on a score of three over.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat set the early pace with a 64, including a stunning back nine of 30. The Thai player produced seven birdies and two pars on that run.

“I had a really hard time last two years,” he said. “Playing with injury, hurting my right knee and then when Covid hit I had to go back to my country. I was stuck there for eight months and couldn’t play much golf.

“When I came back out I just couldn’t get the rhythm to play a golf tournament. I get nerves to go on the first tee, I don’t know how to move the ball. I didn’t feel comfortable on the golf course at all.

“After I get my Tour card back from the Korn Ferry finals it just loosened me up so I feel free to play my own game.”

South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout matched Aphibarnrat’s score late in the day. – Guardian

64 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)

65 Adam Scott (Aus)

67 Justin Rose, Laurie Canter, Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn)

68 Pablo Larrazabal (Esp), Joost Luiten (Ned), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp), Francesco Laporta (Ita)

69 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Alexander Bjoerk (Swe), Joachim B. Hansen (Den), Matthias Schwab (Aut), Thomas Detry (Bel), Oliver Wilson, Julian Suri (USA), Jamie Donaldson, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra)

70 Billy Horschel (USA), Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry, Martin Kaymer (Ger), Danny Willett, Aaron Rai, Alexander Noren (Swe), Thorbjoern Olesen (Den), Nicolai Hoejgaard (Den), Dean Burmester (Rsa), Steven Brown, Mikko Korhonen (Fin), Shubhankar Sharma (Ind), Grant Forrest, Daniel Gavins, Ignacio Elvira (Esp), Marcus Armitage, Ross McGowan, Thomas Pieters (Bel), Matthew Southgate, Kalle Samooja (Fin), Andrew Johnston, Fabrizio Zanotti (Pry), Justin Walters (Rsa), David Drysdale, Tapio Pulkkanen (Fin), Marc Warren, Jack Senior, Robin Roussel (Fra)

71 Tommy Fleetwood, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Rafael Cabrera (Esp), Jorge Campillo (Esp), Graeme McDowell, Jonathan Caldwell, Guido Migliozzi (Ita), Adria Arnaus (Esp), Jordan Smith, Richie Ramsay, Alvaro Quiros (Esp), Ross Fisher, David Howell

72 Viktor Hovland (Nor), Matthew Fitzpatrick, Garrick Higgo (Rsa), Ian Poulter, Brandon Stone (Rsa), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), John Catlin (USA), Daniel van Tonder (Rsa), Adrian Otaegui (Esp), Sam Horsfield, David Law, Pádraig Harrington, Chris Paisley, Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Maximilian Kieffer (Ger), Robert Rock, Haydn Porteous (Rsa), Peter Hanson (Swe), Adrian Meronk (Pol)

73 Wilco Nienaber (Rsa), Sami Valimaki (Fin), Stephen Gallacher, Kurt Kitayama (USA), Lucas Bjerregaard (Den), Paul Waring, Wade Ormsby (Aus), Johannes Veerman (USA), George Coetzee (Rsa), Romain Langasque (Fra), Ryan Fox (Nzl), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Matthew Cort, Benjamin Hebert (Fra), Nino Bertasio (Ita), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Matthieu Pavon (Fra), Matthew Jordan

74 Tyrrell Hatton, Robert MacIntyre, Matt Wallace, Richard Bland, Andy Sullivan, Robert Karlsson (Swe), Scott Jamieson, Soeren Kjeldsen (Den)

75 Branden Grace (Rsa), Min-Woo Lee (Aus), Chris Wood, Sebastian Soederberg (Swe), Justin Harding (Rsa), Alexander Levy (Fra), Callum Shinkwin, Graeme Storm, Zander Lombard (Rsa), Oliver Fisher, Luke Donald

76 Victor Perez (Fra), Tom Lewis, Renato Paratore (Ita)

77 Richard McEvoy, Antoine Rozner (Fra), Victor Dubuisson (Fra), James Morrison

78 Scott Hend (Aus), Eddie Pepperell, Calum Hill, Gavin Green (Mal)

79 Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra)

80 Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Thomas Aiken (Rsa)

81 Rasmus Hoejgaard (Den)

87 Andrea Pavan (Ita)

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Scott's playing partner Justin Rose bolstered his case for Ryder Cup selection with an opening round of 67 to finish on five-under, alongside fellow Englishman Laurie Canter and Japan's Masahiro Kawamura.

Scott only made the trip across the Atlantic after an early exit from the first FedEx Cup play-off event brought an end to his PGA Tour season.

"I've been feeling like I've been playing well and that's one of the reasons why I came here this week," said Scott.

"I didn't have anything to play in the last couple of weeks, so I felt like this was a great opportunity to come and play a really good event and bring back good memories from early days in my career."

Rose can qualify automatically for the Ryder Cup with a win on Sunday but is also among the favourites to receive a wildcard from European captain Padraig Harrington. He got off to a great start with a bogey-free round containing birdies on the second, fifth, sixth, 12th and 18th.

"It's obviously a really nice start for the tournament. Gives me the opportunity now to sink in my teeth and focus on what I should be focusing on," said Rose, who had his manager Paul McDonnell on the bag after his regular caddie tested positive for coronavirus.

Austria's Bernd Wiesberger - who needs a top-50 finish to potentially move into the automatic qualifying places - was three over par after six holes but birdied the 11th and 17th and made an eagle on the last to finish one under.

Wiesberger would move above Rory McIlroy in the European points list with the right result, meaning McIlroy qualifies instead from the world points list and knocks Shane Lowry out of the team.

Former Open champion Lowry carded four birdies and two bogeys in an opening 70 matched by playing partner Lee Westwood.

Aphibarnrat, who secured his PGA Tour card for next season via the Korn Ferry Tour last week, started the back nine with five straight birdies. The Thai picked up further shots on the 16th and 17th.

"I had a really hard time the last two years playing with injury, hurting my right knee after the Masters, and then when Covid hit I was stuck in my country for eight months and couldn't play much golf," Aphibarnrat said.

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The Abingdon golfer gets under way at 9.15am at Wentworth, alongside 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn and fellow Englishman Tom Lewis.

Pepperell tied for sixth at last year’s event, which was held in October, and has not achieved a higher finish since.

The Frilford Heath member tied for 46th at last week's DS Automobiles Italian Open, while his best display in 2021 was joint 11th at the Betfred British Masters in May.

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