Dunne Holds Early Turkish Lead

Dunne Holds Early Turkish Lead

Paul Dunne produced a brilliant seven-under-par 64 on day one of the Turkish Airlines Open to open up a one-shot lead. The Irishman, who is aiming for his second European Tour title after landing the 2017 British Masters, made five birdies in his opening nine holes before picking up another two shots on the way back to the clubhouse.

Dunne, 25, was flawless throughout his opening 18 holes and his seven-under-par round has given him a one-stroke advantage over compatriot Padraig Harrington, Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and defending champion Justin Rose, who could return to world number one with a win this week.

Englishman Lee Westwood continued his recent revival after signing for a five-under-par 66 and he is joined in fifth place by Sam Horsfield, Thomas Detry, Ashun Wu, Martin Kaymer, Haotong Li and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

The 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett then follows on -4 and the Englishman sits alongside Matt Wallace, Chris Paisley, Gavin Green, Erik Van Rooyen, Alexander Levy, Julian Suri and Jason Scrivener in an eight-way share of eighth.

It proved to be a tough day for Englishman Matthew Southgate and Belgian Thomas Pieters as the duo carded rounds of 78 and 75 respectively, leaving the pair with a huge amount of work to do just to make the cut.