Sweden’s Simon Forsstrom leads the Soudal Open in Antwerp after a bogey-free round of 64, with James Morrison one shot back.
Last Updated: 11/05/23 7:16pm
England’s James Morrison enjoyed a good return to form at the Soudal Open, where he was one shot off the lead after the opening day in Antwerp.
Morrison missed the cut in six of his 10 events in 2023 and recorded his best finish of 46th in January, but carded six birdies in a flawless six-under 65 to share second place with compatriots Andrew Wilson, Marcel Siem and Jens Dantorp.
Sweden’s Simon Forsstrom, who won last year’s DP World Tour qualifying school, leads at seven under after a bogey-free 64 at Rinkven International Golf Club.
“It feels really, really good considering the golf I’ve been playing the last eight, nine months,” Morrison said.
“It’s a good day to play well and a lot of fun. It’s been a slow start to the year. It’s coming, but the hardest thing in golf is to be patient and wait for it.
“Length is not one of my strengths, but you come here and you kind of lick your lips and think ‘I can win or win well here’ and it’s a matter of keeping your accuracy and ticking. “
Forsstrom is also a fan of a course that measures less than 7,000 yards and said: “I played consistently, made a lot of cuts and a couple of top 10s.
“I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and see what I can do, I feel the game is good now.
“I always enjoy playing in Belgium when we play here on the Challenge Tour. I like the course because it’s narrow and not too long, so it suits me.
“When I saw it during the practice round I was very happy with the course, I was happy that I could make the most of it.”
Home favorite Thomas Detry is three shots off the lead after an opening 67.
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