The 24-year-old believes that the key to success on the course is being able to find the fairway and take advantage of the birdie opportunities on the greens.
“I was very good off the tee today and was able to find the fairway a lot,” he said. “That’s definitely the key on this course. If you miss you can have some high scores out there and I was able to really go with the driver and give myself some great approach shots, which gave me a lot of good looks for birdie. My putter was really hot today as well so I just made birdies and kept the momentum going.
“The courses I’ve played the last couple of weeks have definitely been more wide open. You’ll definitely see it on the scores as well. I think five under is probably a really good score but I like that, tough courses, it’s definitely a test and you’ll really see who’s the best.”
The Swede has recently found his form in Scandinavia after finishing in tied 12th place at the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge last week and has recently turned professional. He admitted that he loves competing on the European Challenge Tour but needs to ensure he remains consistent throughout the four rounds in the tournament.
“I’ve enjoyed it,” he said. “I’ve been amateur for a while now, and you always dream of playing professional golf and I just made that step and in June. This is what I’ve been working on my whole life.
“I’ve been playing great every tournament I’ve played this year. I feel like I’ve been playing well, I just haven’t been able to get four good rounds together. The last couple of weeks I’ve been starting to get it together and, as I’ve seen in the last couple weeks, I feel like I can win on the Challenge Tour so this is definitely a great start. I’m just trying to shoot five under in every single round and see how that goes.”
Eight players share eighth place including three-time European Challenge Tour winner Espen Kofstad, former European Tour winner Roope Kakko and Kristian Krogh Johannessen, who recently represented Norway at the Olympics in Japan.
The second round of the Made in Esbjerg Challenge will begin at 7:30am local time, with Widing teeing it up alongside Denmark’s Lasse Jensen and Switzerland’s Raphaël De Sousa at 13:40.
Scores after round one:
66 T WIDING (SWE),
67 A DEL REY (ESP), H R?NNEBLAD (SWE), S DEL VAL (ESP), O LINDELL (FIN), N KIMSEY (ENG), L RUUSKA (FIN),
68 M SIMONSEN (DEN), K JOHANNESSEN (NOR), R KAKKO (FIN), L VACARISAS (ESP), E KOFSTAD (NOR), R CAMPBELL (SCO), J SVENSSON (SWE), A GUEDRA (SWE),
69 H DU PLESSIS (RSA), E FERGUSON (SCO), L SCALISE (ITA), T ROSENM?LLER (GER), N REGNER (AUT), M HOEY (NIR), R GOUVEIA (POR), F MORY (FRA),
70 N KRISTENSEN (DEN), D BORDA (ESP), H GODDARD (ENG), E BERTHEUSSEN (NOR), N TINNING (DEN), D KEMMER (USA), J ARNOY (NOR), J GIRRBACH (SUI), J BRUN (FRA), S SAAVEDRA (ARG),
71 I CANTERO GUTIERREZ (ESP), A GARCIA-HEREDIA (ESP), D HUIZING (NED), L NEMECZ (AUT), M BREMNER (RSA), A HIDALGO (ESP), J KO (FRA), A KNAPPE (GER), A JOHN (GER), C FELDBORG NIELSEN (SWE), J KENNEGARD (SWE), H MAGNUS (ISL), Y PAUL (GER), J GARCIA (ESP), S MANLEY (WAL), C BRING (DEN), K ULENAERS (BEL), M MADSEN (DEN), S GROS (FRA), T CLEMENTS (ENG), K KOIVU (FIN), E PETERSEN (AM) (DEN),
72 P KUEST (USA), A WILSON (ENG), J DANTORP (SWE), S HENRY (SCO), R PETERSSON (SWE), O HUNDEB?LL (DEN), J JONES (CAN), R WILLIAMS (ENG), J WIKSTROM (SWE), M EGGENBERGER (SUI), D BOOTE (WAL), M LINDBERG (SWE), H LONG (GER), P EDBERG (SWE), J LANDO CASANOVA (FRA), I SAULO (FIN),
73 C CANNON (ENG), D FOOS (GER), R VAN WEST (NED), R CONRADIE (RSA), J AXELSEN (DEN), F LACROIX (FRA), M LUNDBERG (SWE), A ARIZABALETA (COL), U COUSSAUD (FRA), P L?NGFORS (SWE), G KRISTJANSSON (ISL), M GRADECKI (POL), J JORGENSEN (DEN), D RAVETTO (FRA), S FERNANDEZ (ESP), T MURRAY (ENG), B PETURSSON (ISL), M HELLIGKILDE (DEN), C BERARDO (FRA), R DE SOUSA (SUI), P BAEK (DEN), V LOPES (POR), C MIVIS (BEL), T BESSA (POR), M FEUERSTEIN (USA), F BERGAMASCHI (ITA), K CANTLEY (SCO),
74 J LONG (ENG), B RUSCH (SUI), S WORTELBEOR (SUI), M ROHWER (RSA), V RIU (FRA), J SORENSEN (AM) (DEN), J FAHRBRING (SWE), A AHOKAS (FIN), D QUINONES (USA), B WINDRED (AUS), T MCKIBBIN (NIR), G BOYD (ENG), C SAHLSTROM (SWE), L JENSEN (DEN), O GILLBERG (SWE), O FARRELL (ENG),
75 E ROUSAUD (ESP), A TOSTI (ARG), G BOURDY (FRA), E DI NITTO (ITA), C BLOMSTRAND (SWE), C ROSS (SCO), R DAWSON (IRL), M GALIANO AGUILAR (ESP), M ORRIN (ENG), V MEYER (GER), C HOWIE (SCO), H STUREHED (SWE), N M?LLER (DEN), M CARLSSON (SWE), H ELLIS (ENG),
76 C O’ROURKE (IRL), P MEJOW (GER), S GREGORY (ENG), V PASTOR (ESP), B NEIL (SCO), T EDEN (SWE), M FENASSE (FRA), T GUEANT (AM) (FRA), C WORSDALL (ENG), M BELTRAN (ESP), H ARKENAU (GER),
77 B VIRTO (ESP), M WIEGELE (AUT), J K?LBING (GER), M MANASSERO (ITA), M ROTTLUFF (GER), H SHERIDAN – MILLS (ENG),
78 S FORSSTR?M (SWE), E LIPPARELLI (ITA), J KAHLOS (FIN),
79 J FREIBURGHAUS (SUI), D LANGLEY (ENG), J KUNZENBACHER (GER),
80 Z RIVAS (DEN),
84 F MACCARIO (ITA)