Wal­lace storms ahead

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PORTIMAO: Eng­land’s Matt Wal­lace con­jured up a 10-un­der par 63 to lead the Por­tu­gal Open be­fore Thurs­day’s first round was sus­pended due to thun­der and light­ning.

The 27-year-old reeled off 10 birdies — in­clud­ing five in a row from the 12th — to es­tab­lish a one shot lead over Se­bas­tian Heisele.

Ger­many’s Heisele carded an ea­gle, nine birdies and two bo­geys in his open­ing 64.

Amer­i­can Ju­lian Suri and English­men Paul Maddy and Jamie Ruther­ford were a fur­ther two shots back on six un­der af­ter post­ing match­ing rounds of 67.

“It was a fan­tas­tic round re­ally,” Wal­lace said af­ter his im­pres­sive day’s work at Mor­gado Golf Re­sort at Portimao.

“It wasn’t look­ing great at the start when the rain came in ten min­utes be­fore my tee time. Then it stopped just as we got on to the tee, so that was kind of a good omen.

“It was the old cliché. I just took one shot at a time and we had a re­ally good day out there.” AFP

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