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European Tour published this video item, entitled “Maximilian Kieffer shoots opening 63 to grab share of lead | 2021 Gran Canaria Lopesan Open” – below is their description.
Maximilian Kieffer produced an afternoon of birdies to tie the lead at Meloneras Golf in the first round of the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open 2021
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The European Tour’s Race to Dubai heads to Meloneras Golf for the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open. The inaugural event promises to be an exciting test but who will be crowned champion? Local hero Rafa Cabrera Bello is returning to host the tournament and as you’d expect, he knows the course well. The tees were built especially for the Spaniard to practice on during his time at home and are known as “Rafa” tee’s. Sam Horsfield is another favourite after posting two top 10’s in Kenya and finishing 15th in Austria last week. The 24-year-old grew up in Florida so will be used to the weather and grass in Gran Canaria. American Kurt Kitayama has been in good form this season and has two previous European Tour wins at similar seaside events (Mauritius Open and Oman Open), while the likes of Antoine Rozner, Calum Hill and Guido Migliozzi round out an impressive field.
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