Ruaidhrí McGee shoots opening round of -9 on Challenge Tour

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Ruaidhrí McGee of Eire performs his first shot at the tenth hollow all the way through Day One of the most Blot Open de Bretagne at Golfing Blue-Inexperienced Pleneuf-Val Andre on June 23, 2022 in Pleneuf-Val Andre, France. Credit score: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Photographs. Photograph equipped via The Problem Excursion.

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Eire’s Ruaidhrí McGee will take a three-stroke lead into day two of the Blot Open de Bretagne. He posting an excellent 9 underneath par opening spherical of 61 at Golfing Blue Inexperienced de Pléneuf Val André on Thursday.

The Irish golfer carded two eagles, seven birdies and two bogeys to transport 3 pictures transparent of South African Bryce Easton, Frenchman Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Spaniard Borja Virto and Germany’s Alexander Knappe, who percentage 2d position on six underneath par.

McGee determined to take a spoil from aggressive golfing after the Covid-19 pandemic and made his first look at the Eu Problem Excursion for just about two years on the Empordà Problem previous this month, the place he recorded a most sensible 20 end.

Now based totally in Florida

The 31-year-old lately moved to Florida in the USA and even if he hasn’t been taking part in golfing competitively, he has nonetheless discovered the time to superb music his talents at the direction.

“I’m overjoyed with my spherical lately,” he mentioned. “I haven’t been taking part in competitively for a few years now and that is most effective my 2d Problem Excursion match of the season.

“Because of Covid I determined to take a spoil from the pro sport and went to are living out in the USA and that’s the place I’ve been for the final yr and a part. I wasn’t in a position to shuttle into Europe nevertheless it’s great to be again.

“I’ve almost definitely performed extra golfing being in Florida than I'd have again at house. I’ve been taking part in on a daily basis and on occasion entering into 36 holes which has helped.”

Two eagles in first 8 holes

McGee was once overjoyed to make two eagles in his first 8 holes in Brittany and believes the links-style direction, the place accuracy off the tee is paramount, is easily fitted to his sport.

“It was once an excellent feeling to get two eagles,” he mentioned. “The 11th hollow was once a brief par 5 and I made probably the most of it. At the 17th I holed out from the golf green with a wedge which was once a pleasing wonder.

“I just like the direction as a result of you need to hit it instantly and that fits my sport. You want to be lovely correct together with your way pictures after which you'll be able to make birdies.”

Englishman Alfie Plant, Frenchman Alexandre Daydou and Finland’s Matias Honkala percentage 6th position on 5 underneath par. 5 avid gamers percentage 9th on 4 underneath, together with Germany’s Freddy Schott and Englishman Ben Evans.

Ruaidhrí McGee will tee off along Englishman Todd Clements and residential favorite Adrien Saddier at 2:00pm lately.

Ratings after spherical one:

 61 R MCGEE (IRL),
64 R SCIOT-SIEGRIST (FRA), B VIRTO (ESP), B EASTON (RSA), A KNAPPE (GER),
65 A PLANT (ENG), A DAYDOU (FRA), M HONKALA (FIN),
66 V RIU (FRA), S PETERSEN (SWE), B EVANS (ENG), F SCHOTT (GER), J THOMPSON (AUS),
67 I CANTERO GUTIERREZ (ESP), D YOUNG (SCO), R DAWSON (IRL), A SADDIER (FRA), F PALSON (SWE), D DIXON (ENG), Z BAI (CHN), J PRINSLOO (RSA),
68 A ZEMMER (ITA), M LINDBERG (SWE), N REGNER (AUT), J THOMSON (ENG), J QUESNE (FRA), L JERLING (RSA), M ELVIRA (ESP), J SCHAPER (RSA), D FOOS (GER), A GRENIER (FRA), R DINWIDDIE (ENG), M ORRIN (ENG), J MCDONALD (SCO),
69 M LECHNER (AUT), U MALCOR (AM) (FRA), U COUSSAUD (FRA), P MARGOLIS (FRA), S TILEY (ENG), E DI NITTO (ITA), W ENEFER (ENG), C BOUNIOL (FRA), V LOPES (POR), A BARBE (AM) (FRA), A BJORNSSON (ISL), M BULLEN (ENG), G KRISTJANSSON (ISL), J SAINZ (ESP), S GROS (FRA), G BOYD (ENG),
70 G BRIXI (CZE), Ok ULENAERS (BEL), J FAHRBRING (SWE), J LANDO CASANOVA (FRA), R WATTEL (FRA), D MCELROY (NIR), L ROBINSON (ENG), D BOOTE (WAL), G STAL (FRA), S MANLEY (WAL), X PONCELET (FRA), D BORDA (ESP), P BAEK (DEN), T ELISSALDE (FRA), S GANDON (FRA), D GERMISHUYS (RSA), T STRYDOM (RSA), T CLEMENTS (ENG), B RITTHAMMER (GER), J ARNOY (NOR), J RUTHERFORD (ENG), P MOOLMAN (RSA), T GANDY (IMN),
71 J KENNEGARD (SWE), C MIVIS (BEL), J GARCIA (ESP), R EVANS (ENG), M MANASSERO (ITA), F MORY (FRA), P FOULQUIE (FRA), M MOHR (ENG), P MCBRIDE (IRL), G MOYNIHAN (IRL), H ELLIS (ENG), H TISSERAND (FRA), G KING (ENG), M GRADECKI (POL), S GREGORY (ENG), D BROWN (ENG), M RADUREAU (FRA), E BERTHEUSSEN (NOR), M DANIELSSON (FRA),
72 P EDBERG (SWE), J ADARRAGA GOMEZ (ESP), G BOURDY (FRA), S FERNANDEZ (ESP), P FIGUEIREDO (POR), E CATHERINE (FRA), B NEIL (SCO), N LEGENDRE (AM) (FRA), C ROSS (SCO), T MCKIBBIN (NIR), J PARRY (ENG),
73 J LONG (ENG), C VERROUGSTRAETE (FRA), S HENRY (SCO), D PERRIER (FRA), J DICK (ENG),
74 M WIEGELE (AUT), E CUARTERO BLANCO (ESP), F BERGAMASCHI (ITA), E ESPA?A (FRA), T SLOMAN (ENG), M DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON (FRA), S DEL VAL (ESP), P ELISSALDE (FRA), R SANJUST (ITA), A ESMATGES (ESP), P BEAUVY (AM) (FRA), B BAUMGARTEN (USA), T SANTA (FRA), A ARIZABALETA (COL),
75 A DEL REY (ESP), B RUSCH (SUI), V BJ?RL?W (DEN), D RAVETTO (FRA), R VALLAEYS (FRA),
76 C SAHLSTROM (SWE), H LEGEAY-GAUCHER (FRA), M GASPAR (POR), P ROLLAND (FRA), S KRAAI (NED), A VELASCO (ESP), D DARNAUD (FRA), C POLETTI (FRA), L RUUSKA (FIN),
77 J MURPHY (IRL), J KO (FRA), L WEBER (FRA), D GUICHARD (FRA), R LESTER (IRL), Ok KOIVU (FIN), A BACHELIER (AM) (FRA),
78 C HEBERT (FRA), C BERARDO (FRA), B KEDOCHIM (FRA), C CANNON (ENG),
79 M WAITE (ENG), P LESCASTREYRES (FRA), J VECCHI FOSSA (ITA),
80 J PINTO BASTO (POR),
81 V JOFFRAY (FRA),
84 R FABRE (FRA),
86 R LE BOT (FRA).

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