Bryson DeChambeau grabs early lead at Porsche European Open
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 27/07/18 10:08pm
Bryson DeChambeau grabbed a one-shot lead at the Porsche European Open, as Patrick Reed made a strong finish to his opening round in Germany.
DeChambeau mixed seven birdies with a sole blemish to top the leaderboard in Hamburg, with Mike Lorenzo-Vera in the group of four players tied-second on five under.
Paul Casey sits three strokes off the pace after a three-under 69, with Masters champion Reed a further shot back after closing his opening-round 70 with back-to-back birdies.
"I haven't been hitting it my best so I'm still working on my game and it's starting to turn into some form," DeChambeau said. "I'm missing in the right places and making some putts which is great."
Beginning on the back nine, DeChambeau birdied his second hole of the day and posted three more in a four-hole stretch from the 15th to reach the turn in 34.
The American missed from six feet to save par at the third but posted successive gains over his next two holes, before holing an eight-footer on his final hole to set the clubhouse target.
Lorenzo-Vera birdied his final four holes to join Joel Stalter, Romain Wattel and Germany's Benedict Staben on five under, with Oliver Fisher part of the group two off the lead.
Defending champion Jordan Smith opened with a one-under 71, while European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn carded an opening-round 73.
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