Gonzalez Opens Strong in Switzerland


Ricardo Gonzalez shot a sparkling 65 Thursday morning to take the first-round lead of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre.
At 6-under-par, the big Argentinian is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his countryman Eduardo Romero, who won this event last year by an incredible ten strokes.
Following the round, no one was any prouder than the man himself.
It is a good start, Gonzalez said of the day. I want to win this week, because not many Argentinians have won on the European Tour. Everyone looks to Eduardo, Vicente Fernandez, Roberto de Vicenzo, and ever player wants to be like them.
It would mean a great deal to follow Eduardo this week.
Gonzalez likened his chances on Day 1, and heads a fine field of European Tour talent, including Thomas Bjorn, Dean Robertson, and three others, all of whom sit a shot back following opening rounds of 66.
Two shots back is another large group of six players, including New Zealands Greg Turner and Spains Ignacio Garrido.
They all fell short of Gonzalez on Thursday, however.
The 31-year-old went around the par-71 layout with five birdies and an eagle at the par-5 14th to offset just a single bogey.
Every player waits for a low round like that, said Gonzalez.
One player who already knows something about going low is Bjorn.
Coming off last weeks BMW International Open ' where he shot two rounds of 65 ' Bjorn is gearing up for the Ryder Cup next month.
His game seems to be peaking at just the right time, but he wouldnt mind collecting another win to go along with his triumph at the Dubai Desert Classic in March.
Hopefully I will be there on Sunday and do better than last Sunday, said the Dane, referring to a final-round 76 at the BMW. I feel my game is coming on nicely, its right where I want it. Its solid. Im not making any mistakes.
Unfortunately for defending champion Romero, Thursdays round did include a few mistakes, and he may find himself rooting for Gonzalez rather than contending over the weekend.
Three bogies on the day saw him finish at 1-over with a 72.
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