England’s David Horsey hit an opening round 65 to sit one shot clear of the field after the opening day of the Russian Open on Thursday.
The 29-year-old, who won the last of his two European Tour titles in Morocco three years ago, birdied three of his last seven holes for a seven-under total at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club.
Horsey, who fired seven birdies in total on the par-72 course, is one shot clear of Scottish duo Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford, with eight golfers a shot further back.
“It was very solid,” Horsey said. “I birdied the first and then had a few shaky holes where I managed to scramble pars with eight-to-10 footers. After that it was flawless and probably could’ve been a few better. It was a bit breezier this afternoon, but I was just trying to concentrate on giving myself opportunities to make birdie.”
Former world No. 1 tennis player Yevgeny Kafelnikov, one of 10 Russians competing, fired an 11-over 83 with one birdie, six bogeys and three double-bogeys.
Kafelnikov, 40, a former Australian Open and French Open winner who retired in 2003, turned to professional golf three years ago.
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