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Kingston leads by one shot in the Portugal Masters

AFP, LISBON

South Africa’s James Kingston carded an eight-under 64 to lead the Portugal Masters by one shot after Thursday’s first round to get his campaign for a third European Tour title off to a solid start.

Seven birdies in eight holes were the highlight of the 45-year-old Kingston’s round, in a performance that followed two missed cuts by just one shot in his previous two tournaments.

“I’ve been playing nicely. Just reflecting on the last two weeks, I felt like I played really good golf — to miss both cuts by a shot feels sickening, but that’s part of the game,” Kingston said. “I just couldn’t put the scores on the board and this week we have. Hopefully, it changes from here on in.”

Five players were only one shot behind Kingston — Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, England’s Simon Khan, Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin, Welshman Rhys Davies and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

Bjorn, already a winner in Qatar, Scotland and Switzerland this season, turned in a brilliant 31, highlighted by a 10-foot birdie putt at the 17th, and he picked up further shots at the second and third.

“I played nicely early on and rolled in a few good putts,” said Bjorn. “It got a bit scruffy toward the end.”

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