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Nordea Masters: Local favourite Jens Dantorp and Eddie Pepperell share lead

Last Updated: 30/05/14 1:02pm

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Hometown hope Jens Dantorp shot a first round of 66 to move into a share of the lead at the end of the opening day of the Nordea Masters in Malmo.

While most eyes were on fellow Swede and world No 2 Henrik Stenson, who was playing the event for the first time since 2011, Malmo native Dantorp stole the show along with England's Eddie Pepperell.

Dantorp carded a bogey-free round while Pepperell joined him on six-under-par after birdieing seven holes.

First-round leaderboard

(UK and Ire unless stated)

-6 J Dantorp (Swe)
-6 E Pepperell
-5 R Karlberg (Swe)
-5 D Huizing (Ned)
-5 S Gallcher
-5 S Soderberg (Swe)
-5 G Maybin

Click here for collated scores.

"This is my home course so I try to play it as much as I can when I'm home. I can't really explain how good the support I got today was," Dantorp told the European Tour's official website.

"All my friends, all my buddies were here and there was so much applause. That was one of the biggest keys to my success today; it definitely helped me.

"Peter Hanson has helped me a lot. It's great to go to the States to see him over the winter when you can't practise here. He's been a great mentor to me and has helped me through things, so I feel more comfortable in situations such as this.

"This season has been solid. I've not quite had the results I would have wanted but it will come, I'm sure. It's all new to me so I'm taking it easy."

Stenson sat three shots behind following an opening 69, leaving him alongside in-form Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Birdies

Dantorp began his round on the back nine and birdied 11 and 12 before picking up further shots on 16 and 18 to reach the turn in 32.

More birdies followed on one and six to put the 25-year-old at the top of the leaderboard alongside Pepperell, who birdied his final two holes to complete a 66 which contained one bogey.

The leading duo were one shot clear of a chasing pack of five players on five under, including two more Swedes in Sebastian Soderberg and Rikard Karlberg.

Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin and Daan Huizing of Holland were also on five under with Spain's Jorge Campillo a further shot back after a double bogey on his final hole saw him drop out of the lead.

Scotsman Craig Lee was also on four under alongside English duo Adam Gee and Paul Waring, Swede Johan Carlsson and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

Stenson's erratic 69 contained just seven pars as he began his campaign to avenge a painful play-off defeat to Mark Hensby in 2005.

Stenson and Jimenez were in a large group at three under including Scotland's Scott Jamieson, English duo Simon Dyson and Oliver Fisher, Swedish star Peter Hanson and France's Victor Dubuisson.

Thomas Bjorn was on two under after an opening 70 while Shane Lowry was a further shot back.

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