European Tour

Wiesberger leads European Open

2016-09-22 20:25
Bernd Wiesberger (AP)

Bad Griesbach - Bernd Wiesberger shot nine birdies and one eagle to lead the European Open by two strokes after a shortened opening day on Thursday.

Play started 3 hours, 25 minutes late because of fog, and some leading contenders did not complete the first round in fading light.

Wiesberger finished with an 8-under 63, notching five birdies on the back nine, where he started. The Austrian, who hasn't missed a cut on the European Tour this season, produced a double bogey on the first, and had another bogey on the fourth, but recovered with an eagle on the eighth.

Renato Paratore of Italy was two shots adrift, with six birdies and an eagle to compensate for a double bogey on the fifth.

Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard, American Daniel Im, and England's Steve Webster all held the lead before Wiesberger's late charge took him to the top, and they finished the day at 5 under, along with Sweden's Michael Jonzon.

England's Matthew Southgate was also at 5 under through 11 holes.

Leading scores after the European Open first round at Bad Griesbach, Germany was suspended due to bad light (GBR & IRL unless stated, par 71):

63 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT)

65 - Renato Paratore (ITA)

66 - Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN), Steve Webster, Daniel Im (USA), Michael Jonzon (SWE)

67 - Maximilian Kieffer (GER), Joakim Lagergren (SWE), Max Rottluff (a) (GER), Matthew Baldwin, Raphael Jacquelin (FRA), Florian Fritsch (GER), Graeme Storm, Nicolo Ravano (ITA), Tom Lewis, Prom Meesawat (THA), Michael Hoey, Marcel Schneider (GER)

68 - Scott Jamieson, Daniel Gavins, Eduardo De La Riva (ESP), Benjamin Hebert (FRA), Bradley Dredge, Anirban Lahiri (IND), Gregory Havret (FRA), Roope Kakko (FIN), S.S.P Chawrasia (IND), Daniel Brooks, Richard McEvoy, Gary Stal (FRA), Paul Peterson (USA), Haotong Li (CHN), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), Ryan Evans, Mark Foster

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