Carlos Ortiz finishes first round of golf in third position

The Mexican is in the fight for the medals with -6, while Abraham Ancer is tied in the 20th place with -2

The austrian Sepp straka, current No. 161 in the world rankings, leads, with a lap of 63 strokes (8 under par), the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s golf tournament after disputed this Thursday the first of four rounds on the east course of the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Straka, 28, trained at the University of Georgia (USA), professional since 2016 and whose only title he achieved in 2018 in the KC Golf Classic, of the Tour – second division of the PGA Tour -, took advantage of the excellent conditions in which he played, without wind and a perfect field, to take sole command of the tournament with a card with eight birdies without fail thanks a good game of tee to green and with him putter.

In the company of his brother Sam as a caddy and who has recently varied his routine with the putter, the Viennese player, who has not made the cut in six of the last seven tournaments in which he has competed, leads in a blow to the Thai Jazz Janewattananond, who completed his return with a seventh birdie at 18 after a long interruption by storm; and in two the duo formed by the Belgian Thomas Pieters and the Mexican Carlos Ortiz.

Pieters made an eagle and four birdies without failure, and Ortiz, 61st in the world ranking, signed up to seven birdies and made a single mistake in the form of a bogey on the 9th hole.

The good start of Latin American golf was endorsed by the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, fifth with 66 (5 below), and the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, tied in the eighth with the English Paul Casey, the Indian Anirban Lahiri and the Swede Alex Noren. He also mexican Abraham Ancer started with 69 (-2) and the Chilean Joaquín Niemann also narrowly won the field (70, -1).

Among the big favorites, the Americans Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed started with 68 (-3), the same hits as the Spanish Adri Arnaus or the Norwegian Viktor Hovland; Collin Morikawa signed 69 (-2) and Justin Thomas, 71 (even)

In addition, the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, current Masters champion, and the Irish Rory McIlroy made 69 (-2), and the English Tommy Fleetwoood, 70 (-1) at the start.

The first day was interrupted for a long time by a storm with an electrical device.