Justin thaws out on Welsh back nine

A cold start didn’t dampen Justin Walters’ first round at the ISPS Handa Wales Open on Thursday, where he carded 67 to share fourth at the close of round one.

 

"This morning was chilly and windy and I played some tough holes in those conditions. I managed to get through some of them nicely and made some putts towards the end," he said.

 

The tournament marks a special occasion for Walters, whose eight-week-old son Liam is visiting him at work for the first time. It has  already been a special week and having the family around helps.

 

“It’s my first week reunited with the family and it’s amazing. You can’t really put words on what family does for you, but being with them gives you perspective and it’s wonderful to have them here. It makes the bad days a little easier and the good days even better, so it’s a win-win.

 

“Liam is just bearing on eight weeks and I’ve missed five of those weeks being on tour. The first two weeks were very special and t be reunited with him is wonderful,” he said.

 

Celtic Manor Resort is a tough track, but Belgian bomber Nicolas Colsaerts made short work of the course as he set a new record for longest drive on the European Tour when he hit a 447-yard monster at the18th.

 

"I thought it was too far right but it's all downhill and downwind and it must have luged down the fairway," Colsaerts added. "If all the stars align you can hit it a long way."

 

In-form Joost Luiten led the first round after he shot 30 on the back nine to finish day one in five-under-par 65.

 

"My game felt good last week and I played good again today. Hopefully can keep it going for three more,” he said.

 

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