Paul Dunne shares first round lead in Open de Espana

Lawrence Kim
April 14, 2018

The pair are chasing joint leaders Paul Dunne and Marc Warren after the duo fired in excellent rounds of six-under 66 on an extremely cold day in Madrid.

Warren also slipped four shots behind Dunne in a four-man group with Rahm, Englishman Robert Rock and Swede Henric Sturehed, while holder Andrew Johnston carded a four-under to finish five shots back in a six-way tie for ninth.

After his maiden victory at the British Masters last season, Dunne has hit a rich vein of form over recent weeks and recorded back-to-back top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour with strong performances at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship and Houston Open.

"Too bad I couldn't make a couple of putts but I guess it's happening to everyone, the greens are not easy to read".

Warren, meanwhile, shot a 69 as he fell to four off the lead, in a quartet that includes world number four Rahm.

To be honest, I would have taken anything under par given the fact that I played a lot better than I expected to play, my long game was unbelievable and the driver alone set up two birdies.

"My driver was really good today - the driver alone set up two birdies, on 13 and on seven. Still, 5-under is fine and hopefully I can keep playing the same way to the green and make some putts for the rest of the week".

Rahm, who finished fourth in the Masters on Sunday, carded an eagle, four birdies and a solitary bogey at the Centro Nacional de Golf, where he practised during his amateur days.

Pastor is ranked 113th in the earth Amateur Golf Rankings and has been building his first appearance to the European Tour, but he flew up the leaderboard with an eagle at 10th the before making birdies in the 13th and 18th. "I probably wouldn't have taken of it at the start of the day, but given the shots I hit I'm pretty happy with it".

The Open de España was one of the most prestigious tournaments on the European Tour but took a one-year sabbatical last year and switched courses from Valderrama in Andalusia to the Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid.

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