Cazoo Wales Open: Three-way tie for lead after first round at Celtic Manor

By Dafydd JonesBBC Sport Wales
Wales' Oliver Farr is one over par after the first round at the Celtic Manor
Cazoo Wales Open supported by Gareth Bale - Day One
Leaderboard: -4 C Syme (Sco), J Guerrier (Fra) D Whitnell (Eng); -3 M Kieffer (Ger), E Ferguson (Sco), E Pepperell (Eng), M Armitage (Eng), M Korhonen (Fin), I Gutrierrez Cantero (Spa)
Selected others: -1 N Elvira (Spa); +1 O Farr (Wal), L Harries (Wal); +2 D Howell (Eng); +8 N Colsaerts

Scotland's Connor Syme, Julien Guerrier of France and Dale Whitnell of England share a four-under-par lead after the opening round of the Cazoo Wales Open.

The three players shot 67 to secure a one-shot lead over a group of six after round one at Celtic Manor.

Spain's Nacho Elvira finished one under par to stay in contention of retaining the title he won last year.

Jack Davidson is the best-placed of the Welsh competitors after Thursday on level par

Fellow Welshmen Oliver Farr and amateur Luke Harries are a shot further back at one over par, with Phillip Price, Stephen Dodd and Luke Ashfield on two over.

Englishman David Howell also finished two over and became the third and youngest player to reach 700 DP World Tour starts alongside Sam Torrance and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts shot a 78 to finish eight over par as he made just his second appearance since February after being diagnosed with a rare kidney disease late last year.

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