Keeping Score

Thomas Pieters leads European Tour’s Celtic Classic

Belgian birdies 4 of final 5 holes to shoot 7-under 64 at Celtic Manor Resort’s Twenty Ten Course, the scene of Europe’s 2010 Ryder Cup victory

29: Score on the back nine for Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, who shot 7-under 64 on Thursday to lead the European Tour’s Celtic Classic in Newport, Wales. Pieters birdied four of his final five holes to complete a 6-under inward nine at Celtic Manor Resort’s Twenty Ten Course. Pieters, 28, a four-time winner on the European Tour, was the 2012 NCAA champion at Illinois. Australia’s Jake McLeod eagled the par-5 18th to shoot 65 and share second place with England’s Toby Tree. France’s Alex Levy became the tour’s first player to test positive for coronavirus and withdrew. Countryman Romain Wattel, who tested negative, also withdrew because of contact with Levy. The tournament, the fourth stop on the tour’s six-event U.K. Swing of the revised 2020 schedule, precedes next week’s ISPS Handa Wales Open on the same Twenty Ten Course that hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup, which the Europeans won, 14½-13½ (scores).

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