British Masters: David Law leads at Close House after round one

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Law entered the European Tour in 2019 and won his first event in his fifth start -7 D Law (Sco); -6 O Fisher (Eng), R Paratore (Ita), G Porteous (Eng); -5 A Cockerill (Can), P Figueiredo (Por), R Hajgaard (Nor) Selected: -4 B Stow ( Eng), A Chesters (Eng), C Hill (Sco), E Pepperell (Eng), J Singh Brar (Eng), J Caldwell (NI), L Slattery (Eng); -3 A Sullivan (Eng), MA Jimenez (Spa); -2 J Donaldson (Wal); -1 L Westwood (Eng)

Scottish David Law shot a bogey-free seven-under-par 64 to take a one-time lead after the opening round of the British Masters in Close House.

England's Oliver Fisher and Garrick Porteous, and Italian Renato Paratore are joint second in six.

Scotland & # 39; s Calum Hill and 2018 Champion Eddie Pepperell are in fourth place.

It is the first of six summer events to be held in the UK as the European Tour continues to return after the interruption of the corona virus.

The first two events after a four-month hiatus were held earlier in July in Austria, but a much stronger field gathered in a bio-bubble for this week's tournament, which is held near Newcastle.

Lee Westwood is the tournament host and The 47-year-old started with an underpowered 70 on a stormy day, with the occasional downpour.

"It was a bit of a struggle," said world number 34. "I've clubbed a few times, which is probably not acceptable since I'm a member here, but I have performed well and managed to grind it out. "

Westwood played with defending champion Marcus Kinhult, who had a two-under 69, and Pepperell, who finished second last year and won the tournament in 2018.

Pepperell had four birdies in six holes around the corner, but said, "I could have made it to six or seven, so I definitely left a few."

Law, ranked 470th in the world, had an even better run around the turn with seven birdies in eight holes from the sixth, including a run of five in trot.

"I wasn't sure what to expect after the long break, but I was very happy about that," said the 29-year-old, who won his only European Tour event in only his fifth tournament in 2019.

Fisher, who hit 16 greens in regulation, picked six birdies on the same eight-hole stretch as Law and added another one on the 18th, his only bogey to hit the second hole.

He was late at six by Porteous who had a similar round, the second bogeyman and then seven birdies.

Canadian Aaron Cockerill, Portugal's Pedro Figueiredo and Rasmus Hojgaard from Norway are all under five.

Veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez equals Sam Torrance's record of 607 European Tour appearances this week and the 56-year-old Spaniard celebrated in style with a three-under-par 68.

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