Scotsman shoots bogey-free 6-under 65 at Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown as tour plays encore event at Mediterranean resort
65: First-round score for Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, who birdied his final two holes Thursday to open a one-stroke lead at the European Tour’s Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown. MacIntyre, 24, who is looking for his first victory on the European Tour, played a bogey-free 6-under round at Aphrodite Hills Resort on the southeastern tip of the Mediterranean island. MacIntyre tied for third last week in the Cyprus Open played on the same Aphrodite Hills course. “I’m delighted,” said MacIntyre, the tour’s 2019-20 rookie of the year. “I played great golf. A few mis-hits off the tee, but it’s one of those golf courses where I can open my shoulders a little bit more and give it a little bit extra. I missed a few putts that were still shaving the edges of holes, but overall it was a good round of golf. I’m trying to lead every round of golf that I play, and I’m leading after today.” Seven players were tied at 66. Callum Shinkwin, who won last week’s Cyprus Open, opened with a 3-under 68 despite dropping three shots to par over the final four holes. The tournament, the second consecutive event at the resort, features an unusual format: a 36-hole cut to the low 32 players and ties, with scores being reset to zero, a 54-hole cut to the low 16 and ties, again with scores being reset to zero, and then an 18-hole shootout on Sunday to determine the winner (scores).
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