CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Thriston Lawrence and Alejandro Cañizares shot 8-under rounds of 62 to share the lead after the first round of the European Masters in the Swiss Alps on Thursday.
Lawrence chipped in for an eagle at his final hole, the par-5 ninth, after six birdies and no bogeys. He’s seeking a second title on the European tour this season that started back in November when he won the Joburg Open in his native South Africa.
Four players were tied for third, two shots back, in the bright sunshine and thin air at the Crans-sur-Sierre club where the course is covered with ski pistes in the winter. Matt Wallace, Louis de Jager, Eduardo de la Riva and Scott Jamieson all shot a 64.
Defending champion Rasmus Højgaard was among eight players one stroke further back.
A hole-in-one at the 170-yard third hole earned Aaron Cockerill 30,000 Swiss francs ($31,130) worth of life insurance provided by a sponsor.
On his 32nd appearance at the Swiss tournament at age 58, Miguel Ángel Jiménez carded a 73. Jiménez won the title in 2010.
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