Murray Jnr hits form in Austria

MANCHESTER’S Tom Murray is in a three-way share of the lead after the first round of the Challenge Tour’s Kärnten Golf Open at Schloss Finkenstein in Austria.

TOM MURRAY

TOM MURRAY

The son of former European Open champion Andrew reeled off six birdies on the home stretch to card a seven-under-par 64.

“It was a great start, I think I hit every green, so I played really solid,” he said. “

“I’ve been playing good back home, so to bring it out here was good. It was a bit of a roller coaster around the turn with eagles, birdies and bogeys, but I just tried to go with it. I dad a three putt on the last hole, which made it a bit sour, but I holed enough to make up for that.”

Pontus Widegren, amongst the early starters, set the pace morning thanks to eight birdies and a single bogey, before Murray and Max Orrin matched the Swede’s score in the afternoon.

One stroke adrift of the leading threesome is French duo Adrien Bernadet and Jérôme Lando Casanova, as well as Germany’s Florian Fritsch and England’s Paul Maddy.

Seven players lie a further shot back on five under par, in a group that includes former European Tour regular Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, who lost his card last year and is back on the Challenge Tour looking to find his best form.

Alongside Gonnet is the leading Austrian, HP Bacher, whose compatriot Lukas Nemecz is a shot further back at four under par. He is part of a group of 16 players on that mark, which includes Barclays Kenya Open winner Jake Roos, and one of last week’s runners-up, Dave Coupland.

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