Five-way tie at the top after round one of Made in Denmark

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Three Englishmen are among the leaders after Thursday’s opening round of the Made in Denmark on the European Tour.

Paul Waring, Matthew Southgate and Tom Murray all opened with five-under-par 66s at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to share the lead with Spaniard Alejandro Canizares and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, the brother of reigning Open champion Francesco.

High winds made scoring tricky on the day, meaning no player was able to go really low and create some distance between himself and the rest of the field.

A further six players lie just one shot back – including defending champion Matt Wallace, who is fresh off his third place finish at the PGA Championship.

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Co-leader Molinari has been forced to watch his brother’s career flourish as he dealt with injury problems in recent years, but in 2017 he finally returned to the winner’s circle after a seven-year absence with his third European Tour title at the Trophee Hassan II.

He struggled in the early part of the 2019 Race to Dubai but has made his last two cuts and was delighted with his start on Thursday, as he mixed two bogeys with eight birdies – including four in the space of five holes from the first.

“I had a good round of golf today,” he said. “It was quite windy, I hit the ball very solid. I made a few putts on my front nine, missed a couple of putts coming in when it was very windy. Overall it’s been a good day.

“I wasn’t trying to make that many birdies, It was so windy I was just trying to hit greens and give myself good looks at birdies.”

Meanwhile, local favourites Lucas Bjerregaard and Thornjorn Olesen both opened with level-par 71s to live five shots off the pace, and were outplayed by their lesser known countrymen Espen Kofstad and Kristian Krogh Johannessen, who are part of the large 17-man group who opened with three-under 68s to lie two shots back.

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