Joaquín Niemann has a remarkable start and Mito Pereira complicates in an interrupted The Players

Heavy rains that fell on Ponte Vedra beach interrupted the opening day for more than four hours. Joaco closed out his first-round appearance with three straight birdies, while the Pirque native lost ground after the suspension and finished with par.

As the forecast indicated, the weather in Ponte Vedra Beach has become the main protagonist of the first day in The Players. The large amount of rain that fell in Florida has altered the normal development of the round as he delayed the start for an hour and then forced a stoppage for four more, which naturally changed the conditions of the pitch.

Before the prolonged detention, Guillermo Pereira and Joaquín Niemann, who started 10th, performed well. In fact, Mito was eighth, down -2, with eight holes to go, while Talagan’s man was 18th, with 10 flags to go.

Everyone could guess what would happen after the break. Joaco was untouched and closed with a remarkable 67 shots (-5). While myth regretted two bogies consecutive four and five, which knocked him out of the top 30. He started out great, but then he got tough on the wet turf at TPC Sawgrass and finished with 72 hits (par) in his debut in the contest which hands out US$20 million in prize money, the biggest purse in golf history.

“The return was a bit long, I set the alarm clock at 4:15 in the morning and I just finished” said Pereira, after 5:30 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. in Chile), who was in any case satisfied with what was shown. “It was good golf, I started very well in the first 12 or 13 holes, then there were misses Putting and I made it bogies but I remain with good feelings” he added.

Regarding the pitch, the native of Pirque praised the organization: “The speed of green vegetables after the rain it didn’t change much, the ground was similar, although a little softer, just”.

Mito Pereira, during the first round at The Players. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP.

In the case of Joaco, the situation was totally different, since he deducted a hit to the court in second and filled out a bit in the fight for the top ten. In fact, his return was much calmer than the departure, where he alternated birdies and bogeys between the flags and the 15.

three new birds consecutive holes in holes seven, eight and nine allowed him to close the gap to the leaders and stay in the top ten positions while waiting for several to finish and even begin their participation in the first round.

for this friday, the forecast points to storms again , so the second round can again be strongly affected by water. The two national representatives will begin their participation in the afternoon. Mito will enter the game at 2:12 p.m. (Chile) accompanied by his same teammates this Thursday, the Americans Aaron Wise and Doc Redman. While Niemann will do so at 2:45 p.m., with American Patrick Rodgers and Australian Cameron Smith.

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Source: Latercera

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