Nordea Masters: Matteo Manassero shares the lead after the opening round in Stockholm
Last Updated: 31/05/13 8:29am
Matteo Manassero: Managed six successive birdies after starting his round at the 10th
Matteo Manassero picked up from where he left off at Wentworth in the opening round of the Nordea Masters, firing a 66 to hold a share of the lead with Pablo Larrazabal.
Just four days after winning the BMW PGA Championship, Italian Manassero birdied his first six holes after starting at the 10th to sign for his equal lowest score of the year so far.
"I've never started that well in my career, that just seemed a little strange"
After such a hot start the 20-year-old did cool off a little, mixing two bogeys with two birdies over the rest of his round at the Bro Hof Slott course in Stockholm, Sweden.
"I've never started that well in my career, that just seemed a little strange," he said.
"It was a guess how I would wake up this morning as I had been pretty tired up until last night but I felt good and I could see that from the first tee when I hit good shots."
First round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-6 M Manassero (Ita)
-6 P Larrazabal (Spn)
-5 F Andersson Hed (Swe)
-5 J Donaldson
-5 S Wakefield
-5 C Lloyd
-5 A Noren (Swe)
Manassero was joined on six under by Larrazabal, with the Spaniard himself picking up four shots on his front nine. The only blemish on his card came at the par-three seventh but he finished with a flourish, rolling in a birdie putt at the ninth.
"I played steady and I played safe, but then I played aggressive where I could, so seven birdies in a round is good for me," Larrazabal - a two-time winner on the European Tour - said.
The duo lead by one from a five-man group that includes home favourites Fredrik Andersson Hed and Alexander Noren; also on five-under are English pair Chris Lloyd and Simon Wakefield and Welshman Jamie Donaldson.
John Parry of England, Scotland's Gary Orr and Dutchman Joost Luiten were a further shot back alongside Ricardo Santos of Portugal and Spaniard Alejandro Canizares.
Swede Peter Hanson, the highest ranked player in the field, signed for a 3-under 69, leaving him in a 10-way tie for 13th place.