Marc Warren joined by Paul Dunne at 6-under-66
Marc Warren produced a stunning finish to his first round to set the clubhouse target in the opening round of Open de Espana at Centro Nacional de Golf, in Madrid, Spain.
The Scot birdied five of his last seven holes to sign for a 66 and move to six under, one shot clear of World Number Four Jon Rahm and another local favourite in amateur Victor Pastor.
Warren posted three consecutive birdies on his last three holes to take the lead, for now, he is joined by Irishman Paul Dunne and Aaron Rai. Dunne’s claim to fame has been his latest triumph at the British Masters in October, where he defeated Rory McIlroy by three strokes, that being his maiden title.
Aaron Rai, earned his European Tour rights with his three wins on the Challenge Tour in 2017 season and so far he has not been any less impressive on the Tour too. Rai has finished just 13 holes today and is can be the overnight leader by the end of the day.
Paul Dunne produced a stunning eagle on the par-5 13th, his last hole and had just one bogey on his second hole par-4, second, the only blemish on his card.
Following them with a shot are eight players including Jon Rahm, Jason Norris, Jonatham Thomson, Julien Guerrier, Erik Van Rooyen, Matthias Schwab, Victor Pastor, Henric Sturehed, and Sebastian Heisele at 5-under-67.
The defending champion Andrew Johnston is standing at T-13th on the board with four-under-68 for the day consisting seven birdies and three bogeys in his round and is joined by Richard Sterne, Pedro Oriol, Thorbjorn Olesen, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Nacho Elvira, Paul Waring, Brett Rumford, Alexander Bjork, Callum Shinkwin, and Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
Johnston recently finished runner-up at the 2018 Hero Indian Open, where he lost against compatriot Matt Wallace in a playoff which lasted only for a hole.