Nacho Elvira starts strong at Celtic Manor; Pieters, leader

The Cantabrian went five strokes under par in the first round on a field that hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010. He is two behind the Belgian, at -7.


The Cantabrian Nacho Elvira starts the Celtic Classic very strong. The Cantabrian went to five strokes under par in the first round of the tournament held at Celtic Manor, the Newport (Wales) resort that hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup won by Colin Montgomerie's Europe against Corey Pavin's United States .

Elvira got up to seven birdies despite starting her round with one of the two bogeys she would sign. He remains in a group with -5 made up of the American Kim, the Polish Meronk, the Italians Migliozzi and Edoardo Molinari, the Swede Soderberg and the Scotsman Warren. With two shots less a spectacular Thomas Pieters. The Belgian scored up to eight birdies by a single failure, at 2, to lead alone. In -6 were the English Tree and the Australian McLeod.

Elvira is not the only Spaniard present at the appointment. There are also Emilio Cuartero Blanco, who closed at -2; Adrián Otaegui, same result; Pablo Larrazábal, Álvaro Quirós and Carlos Pigem, at -1; Jorge Campillo and Eduardo De la Riva, at +1; Adri Arnaus, at +2; Sebastián García, at +4, and Alejandro Cañizares, at +7.

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