Rayhan one off the lead af­ter break­ing record

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Teenager Rayhan Thomas shot a sparkling six-un­der 65 to beat his own ama­teur course record and fin­ish one shot be­hind early leader Jake Shep­herd af­ter round one of the MENA Golf Tour’s Dubai Creek Open. The English duo of Zane Scot­land and Luke Joy, both for­mer win­ners of the Dubai Creek Open, signed for match­ing 66s to share third. Six­teen-year-old Thomas, a two-time run­ner-up on the MENA Golf Tour, said: “I struck the ball pretty well and holed some great putts. Over­all, it felt very good out there. “If I can keep the mo­men­tum go­ing, I think I stand a good chance of post­ing a strong fin­ish.” Shep­herd was equally pleased, the English­man said: “It was a bit crazy out there. I had no ex­pec­ta­tions com­ing into this tour­na­ment as I hardly played any golf in the last three months, but things fell into place, es­pe­cially my long game, which was in great shape.

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