Aussie Gaunt leads in Sicily

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Daniel Gaunt opened with three, back-to-back birdies and went on to post the early clubhouse target at 4-under 67.

Australia’s Daniel Gaunt opened with three, back-to-back birdies and went on to post the early clubhouse target with an opening 4-under 67 at the inaugural Sicilian Open.

With only a handful of early starters in at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA and at least half the field still to tee off, the 32 year old Challenge Tour graduate was tied at the top of the leaderboard at 4-under with fellow Aussie Matthew Zions and Welshman Stephen Dodd.

Gaunt shot a total of seven birdies, five of them on the front nine, but dropped three shots on the back nine while picking up only two more birdies.

Dodd, in the meantime, had played 14 holes and Zions 13

England’s John Bickerton, who missed almost all of the 2010 season with a wrist injury and is playing on a medical exemption is showing signs of a return to form after missing six consecutive cuts.

He was a shot further shot back in a tie at 3-under with little-known Borja Etchart after both had played 16 holes.

Heading a log-jam of golfers on 2-under, England’s Graeme Storm and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, the only two of the group to have completed their rounds, were a further shot back after posting 2-under 69s.

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