Jeff Winther, Oliver Bekker and Darren Fichardt share the lead after the opening round in Spain, with James Morrison being one of three players to shoot at pace; Watch live on Friday from 1pm on Sky Sports Golf
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James Morrison made a remarkable run with nine birdies to take the early lead at the Catalunya Championship in Spain.
The two-time DP World Tour winner overcame a pair with eight holes from his round remaining at the PGA Catalunya Golf Stadium, but out of his next seven, he played sixth birdies and five under 67.
The Morrisons share fourth place with Haotong Li and Sebastian Heisele, while Dan Jeff Jeffther and the South African duo Oliver Bekker and Darren Fichardt seize an early advantage.
“I played really well, I just hit some bad shots at the wrong time in the beginning,” Morrison said. “It’s one of those courses that you just have to take because there are a lot of opportunities.
“I played well (in the back nine), I hit a few shots tight, kept the pace and hit the right shots at the right time. I capitulated last week and I missed the cut by one at the end, so I went home and restarted and I’m really happy. that I can move the first door. “
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Bekker set an initial goal in the clubhouse after recovering from a double bogey in the middle of a birdie round on five of the next seven holes, while Fichardt jumped into a two-stroke advantage until the double bogey on the last hole fell back to six underneath.
Home favorite Pablo Larrazabal, who ran after his second victory in a row after winning the ISPS Handa Championship on Sunday, failed to start quickly when he joined Rasmus Hojgaard at par 72.
Richard Bland, who started the DP World Tour for the first time since playing games in America and making it into the top 50 in the world, stuttered to more than 73.
During a volatile opening day, Bland mixed four birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey, with Bernd Wiesberger also seven paces after the bogey on the penultimate hole.
Watch the Catalunya Championship live all week on Sky Sports. The live broadcast continues on Friday from 13:00 at Sky Sports Golf.
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