Oman: Rd 1: Stone has a soft spot for Al Mouj course in Oman
Brandon Stone 67 (-5)
“I’m always going to have a soft spot for this golf course. This is where I earned my playing rights from the Challenge Tour, so I have some history here and I played nicely here last year too. I love the course – it’s in my top five in the world, if I’m being honest, and every year coming back is an absolute pleasure.
“Last year was a fantastic year for me – even though the results weren’t there – because we put a lot of structure in place, physically and mentally, and we did it to transform me as a person as well as a golfer, and I feel like the base work is there at the moment. My game feels fantastic and I’m feeling physically the best I ever have.
Guido Migliozzi 66 (-6)
“It’s very good to start the tournament with a 66 and a bogey free round. It’s a good feeling to work my way into this beautiful course and tournament. Obviously, I will try to give my best over the week and for the rest of the year.
“I think the whole course is good. It’s tricky because the greens are tough and tight and there are a lot of things which need your attention like the wind and the release of the ball. You can play each hole in a few different styles and it’s really cool and all the players are really happy to play here.
“It’s a good feeling to be a European Tour winner already. I like to win, and I hope one day will come when I win again.”
Rasmus Højgaard 67 (-5)
“The conditions when I started out were a bit tricky – the wind was up a little bit so it was a bit of a battle but I got through it. This course quite wide from the tee box, which is very nice, and I’m putting well. You have to have good speed on the greens out here because you’re going to be faced with some long putts. That was the key today.
“It might have come as a little surprise that I won so early on the European Tour, but I was playing well in my last year as an amateur and I carried that confidence into the professional game. My goal this year is to be the Rookie of the Year and have multiple wins, so that’s what I’m chasing.”