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Colsaerts leads ISPS Handa Wales Open on European Tour

First Round Update – European Tour – ISPS Handa Wales Open –Celtic Manor Resort – Newport, Wales –

Belgium’s Nicholas Colsaerts opened with a 5-under-66 at Celtic Manor Resort and leads the European Tour’s ISPS Handa Wales Open mid-way through round one action.

Colsaerts scattered two bogeys and carded an eagle-3 at the par-5 18th hole. The 31-year-old is trying to recapture the form that had him playing in international team competitions just a few years ago.

Robert Rock headlines a group at 4-under-67, while Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry logged 3-under rounds and sit T-5 at the moment.

Thongchai Jaidee is 2-over through seven holes as part of the afternoon wave in Newport, Wales. Thomas Bjorn (1-over through seven) and Stephen Gallacher (3-over through seven) are trying to sharpen their games before next week’s Ryder Cup. Both are members of the European Tour along with Lee Westwood, who struggled to shoot 2-over-73.

Paul Casey, who won the KLM Open last week, opened with 71 in Wales, while defending champion Gregory Bourdy shot 74.

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