DP World Tour: Rasmus Hojgaard equals the course record at Le Golf National to lead the French Open | Golf News

Hojgaard’s opening 62nd round puts him two behind Alexander Bjork; Robert MacIntyre is five back, while Patrick Reed finishes badly to card a 73 to two from 73 – Watch the Cazoo Open de France live Friday from 12.30pm on Sky Sports Golf

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The best of the action from day one of the French Open at Le Golf National

The best of the action from day one of the French Open at Le Golf National

Rasmus Hojgaard birdied brilliantly to tie the course record and open a two-stroke lead at the French Cazoo Open.

The 21-year-old mixed ten birdies with a single bogey to post a 62nd opening round at Le Golf National, putting him ahead of closest challenger Alexander Bjork.

Frenchman Paul Barjon is three-under third and Jamie Donaldson is fourth on five-under, also containing England’s James Morrison, while last week’s DS Automobiles Italian Open winner Robert MacIntyre opened with a four under 67.

Robert MacIntyre is tied for ninth and five shots from the start

Robert MacIntyre is tied for ninth and five shots from the start

“Today was very good,” Hojgaard said. “To be honest, I didn’t feel like I was that good off the tee, but my approach game was very good, alongside a very good putter. I landed a few long putts but you have to do it to get nine cents.”

Hojgaard saw a ten-foot birdie on the first nullified by a three-putt bogey on the par-three next, before taking advantage of the par-five third and a 70-foot hole on the fourth.

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The Dane added another birdie on the fifth and caught more shots on the seventh and ninth, seeing him reach the 31st turn, then swerved away to make a hole-in-one at the par-three 11th.

Hojgaard moved to the top of the standings with back-to-back birdies from 13th, with another 20-foot par-four last closing a bogey-free back nine and doubling his advantage over the chasing pack.

Bjork birdied seven in his bogey-free start and Barjon birdied five in a six-hole streak en route to a six under 65, while Morrison and Donaldson are joined by Finn Tapio Pulkkanen and French duo Julien Brun and Martin. Covered.

Thomas Pieters – the highest ranked player in the field – shares ninth place with MacIntyre, who had six birdies and two bogeys on opening day, while Patrick Reed had a double bogey and three bogeys on his last four holes to post a two-over 73.

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