24 May 2024

Kiwi golfer hits first ever albatross to take lead in Belgium

6:40 am on 24 May 2024
New Zealand golfer Sam Jones.

New Zealand golfer Sam Jones. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

New Zealand golfer Sam Jones has the lead after the first round of the latest World Tour event in Belgium.

His nine under par 62 at the Soudal Open included a first ever albatross, a two on a par five.

The 62 is the lowest round of his fledgling career.

Jones has a two shot lead over a group of players.

Fellow New Zealand Daniel Hillier shot a one over par 72 to be tied for 106th.

The 27-year-old rookie only turned professional two weeks before securing his card at the Qualifying School in November.

"I'm taking it as it comes," he told the World Tour. "The first few months have been pretty good, golf has been average but it's been pretty good the last few weeks. I'm looking forward to getting into this European Swing."

The albatross on the 568 yard, par five 17th made it six shots picked up in four holes and Jones revealed he would have played a lay up had it not been for the previous three birdies.

"Initially it was going to be a three-shot, was going to lay it up," he said.

"Thought about three iron off the tee, hit three wood, pulled it a little bit but hit it nicely.

"Got up there, had 248 metres to the flag, said to my caddie Keith that it was the perfect three wood, into the breeze a little bit.

"I was going well already at that stage so I thought if I made a bogey it was no big deal. Just hit it, flushed it, called to it to be good in the air and it was. First ever albatross, not a bad place to do it."

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