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Dale Whitnell was the one participant to keep away from dropping a shot at Celtic...

Dale Whitnell was the one participant to keep away from dropping a shot at Celtic Manor through the opening spherical of the Cazoo Open; Connor Syme dropped a shot at his last gap to surrender the solo lead; David Howell grew to become third participant to make 700th DP World Tour look

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David Howell displays on changing into simply the third taking part in in DP World Tour historical past to achieve 700 appearances

David Howell displays on changing into simply the third taking part in in DP World Tour historical past to achieve 700 appearances

Scotland’s Connor Syme and England’s Dale Whitnell ended the opening spherical of the Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor on 4 beneath par, in a share for the lead with Frenchman Julien Guerrier.

The breezy circumstances, with gusts blowing and altering course all through, made for a troublesome opening day on the Twenty Ten Course, which hosted the Ryder Cup 12 years in the past.

Whitnell was the one participant within the area to not drop a shot, with the 33-year-old carding 4 birdies as he chases a maiden DP World Tour title.

Syme dropped his solely shot of the day on the 10th – his final gap, having teed off on the 11th – to simply miss out on holding the solo in a single day lead, whereas Guerrier racked up seven birdies within the difficult circumstances however needed to battle for his place on the prime, having been two over par after 4 holes.

Dale Whitnell was the only player to avoid making a birdie during the opening round of the Cazoo Open

Dale Whitnell was the one participant to keep away from making a birdie through the opening spherical of the Cazoo Open

Eddie Pepperell, who completed runner-up finally week’s Hero Open, was one in every of six gamers tied for second place on three beneath par – the Englishman having signed for a 68 which included six birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey.

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Fellow Englishman Marcus Armitage additionally completed on three beneath on the match, which is being supported by Wales footballer Gareth Bale.

Howell celebrates historic begin at Celtic Manor

David Howell shot a two-over par 73 as he grew to become simply the third participant to play 700 occasions on the DP World Tour and the youngest ever to achieve the landmark.

The DP World Tour's Keith Walters (right) presented Howell with an award ahead of his opening round

The DP World Tour’s Keith Walters (proper) introduced Howell with an award forward of his opening spherical

The 2-time Ryder Cup winner boasts an enviable profession within the skilled sport, underpinned by a outstanding normal of consistency on the highest degree – he has held his Tour card for 27 consecutive seasons – together with victories at a few of golf’s most celebrated tournaments and venues.

Howell joins Scotland’s Sam Torrance and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez within the pantheon of gamers to have reached the numerous milestone – Jimenez overtook Torrance’s long-standing document of 706 occasions in 2020 and at present tops the all-time checklist of appearances on 717.

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David Howell displays on changing into simply the third taking part in in DP World Tour historical past to achieve 700 appearances

David Howell displays on changing into simply the third taking part in in DP World Tour historical past to achieve 700 appearances

“I’m completely thrilled to be becoming a member of two of European golf’s best legends by making my 700th look this week,” the 47-year-old stated. “It has been such an honour to play on the DP World Tour for thus a few years.

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“It has been an enormous a part of my life and clearly it’s going to proceed to be, each as a participant and a consultant on the match committee and the board of the European Tour group.”

Watch the Cazoo Open all through the week dwell on Sky Sports activities. Dwell protection continues on Friday from 2.30pm on Sky Sports activities Area and 6pm on Sky Sports activities Golf.