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Scrivener Finding Form At The Right Time

Jason Scirvener is battling to keep his card for next season (Photo: SMP Images)
Staring at the prospect of losing full playing privileges for 2019 Jason Scrivener has found some much needed form in the opening round of the European Tour’s KLM Open.

The West Australian finds himself 114th on the Race to Dubai standings with only the top 11 guaranteed a full schedule next year but an opening 5-under 66 has him in good shape in a share of third.

China’s Ashun Wu leads after a 64 with England’s Chris Wood outright second a shot further back at The Dutch course.

Scrivener is part of a 13-way tie for third on a course vulnerable to low scoring. 88 players bettered par in the opening round and 64 are within five shots of the lead.

He is the best of the Australians with Sam Brazel and Adam Bland T39 at 2-under and Lucas Herbert, Wade Ormsby, Nick Cullen, Jason Norris and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox a shot further back and T65.

Andrew Dodt is even par and T89 while Brett Rumford and New Zealander Josh Geary are outside the top 100 and battling to make the cut, Scott Hend withdrawing with severe leg cramps after 16 holes.

Eight-year-old Dean Janssens stole the limelight from many of the pros for the day when he was chosen to compete in the 'Beat the Pro' competition at the par-3 eighth and found the green with a driver.

The youngster showed off a sweet swing and left the tournament with a lifetime memory, the shot captured by the TV cameras including using Pro-Tracer.

Meanwhile in the tournament proper, it was a blistering first nine that set up Wu's charge to the top of the standings. Starting this round at the tenth he was 5-under at the turn and added two more birdies in the inward half on a bogey free card.

The two-time European Tour winner came of a top 10 last week in Switzerland and said after his round his confidence was growing with some recent good play.

“I made a great start with five birdies over my front nine and I followed that up with two more over my back nine - and I’m very happy to have been bogey-free today,” he said.
“I was very good on the par threes today. I hit a nine iron on the 14th to about four feet and then on the par three 16th, although I missed the green, I managed to chip in for birdie.

“I feel very good from last week and I am gaining even more confidence this week.”

Second placed Wood said a liking for the course – and perfectly conditioned greens – were the keys to his good start.

“I finished in the top ten last year and I love this place so it’s great to come back,” he said.

“It was perfect out there this morning. The course is in such good condition and the greens are as good as any that we have played all year.

“When that is one of the best parts of your game it is great, especially when you get your eye in and knock a few in like I did today.”

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