Pablo leads in Austria
Spaniard's 64 gives him the edge on rain-hit opening day
Last Updated: July 25, 2012 9:35pm
Pablo Larrazabal: one clear of Thorbjorn Olesen after rain-affected opening day in Austria
Pablo Larrazabal is the early leader of the Lyoness Open in Austria after posting an eight-under-par 64 on a rain-affected first day at Diamond Country Club.
The Spaniard, teeing-off on the 10th, needed just 30 strokes for his opening nine holes before adding two more birdies on the back nine in what was a bogey-free round.
First round leaderboard
(GB & Irl unless stated)
-8 P Larrazabal (Spn)
-7 (14) T Olesen (Den)
-6 (14) T Levet (Fra)
-6 (13) W Besseling (Ned)
-6 (13) A Wall
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The key to his low score was playing the four par-five holes in five under, including an eagle three at the 545-yard 13th.
"I hit the ball very well and gave myself a lot of chances - I made a few and I'm very happy to finally make some putts," Larrazabal said on the European Tour's official website.
"I've been playing a lot like today but the putts didn't drop and today they did so I'm very happy."
However, heavy rain curtailed play on Wednesday for almost four hours, leaving around half the field unable to complete their rounds.
When play came to an end at 8.40 pm local time, due to darkness, Larrazabal's nearest challenger was Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen.
Olesen, who was a top-10 finisher at Royal Lytham last week, is one stroke adrift at seven-under-par having completed 14 holes.
Thomas Levet had also completed 14 holes by the end of the day and lay in a tie for third place with Wil Besseling on six under.
Frenchman Levet has seven birdies and one bogey to his name so far, while Besseling of Holland had completed 13 holes with six birdies.
England Anthony Wall was five under through 13 holes with four players - including Scotland's Alastair Forsyth - tied on four under.
Further down the leaderboard was two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
The 38-year-old Russian, a winner of the French and Australian Opens, as well as being an Olympic gold medallist from 2000, made a brace of birdies in his 75 but is just outside the top 100.