Bourdy leads the way at Crans
Bogey-free opening round puts Frenchman in front
Last Updated: 30/08/12 7:06pm
Gregory Bourdy: Shot an opening round of eight-under-par
Gregory Bourdy leads the way after day one of the European Masters, having opened up with an impressive eight-under-par round of 63.
The Frenchman enjoyed a bogey-free day at Crans-sur-Sierre and he is two shots clear of England's Oliver Fisher and Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed.
Bourdy began his round on the 10th tee and birdied his opening hole, before picking up further shots at 15 and 17.
First round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-8 G Bourdy (Fra)
-6 F Andersson Hed (Swe)
-6 O Fisher
-5 A Lahiri (Ind)
-5 R Davies
-5 R Coles
-5 S Barr (Aus)
-5 D Howell
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And he then surged to the top of the leaderboard on his inward nine holes, making birdies at one, two, five, seven and eight.
It was a low scoring day in the Swiss Alps and Fisher also made hay on the front nine, five birdies there helping him to a 65 which was matched by Andersson Hed, who had four birdies in his last five holes.
Five players are tied for fourth at five-under-par, Scott Barr and David Howell joining early pace-setters Rhys Davies, Robert Coles and Anirban Lahiri in the afternoon.
Scotland's Paul Lawrie and Sweden's Peter Hanson are the only members of the European Ryder Cup team on duty and they both shot rounds of 69.
Fresh from victory last week, Lawrie mixed three bogeys with five birdies, while Hanson found himself three-over after six holes but bounced back well with five birdies.
Fabrizio Zanotti had an eventful day, carding seven birdies and an eagle but also a triple bogey and four bogeys, finishing with a 69.