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Five Englishman have taken early control of the top of the leaderboard in the delayed first round of the KLM Open.

Five Englishman have taken early control of the top of the leaderboard in the delayed first round of the KLM Open.

As the earlier starters in a first round delayed for 45 minutes by overnight vandalism began making the turn and moving into the closing stretch, England’s Robert Dinwiddie had moved into the lead at 5-under after 11 holes.

Fellow Englishman Simon Dyson, an ever-present figure on European Tour leaderboard’s these days, was in second place, a shot back on 4-under after nine holes with another three Englishmen, Seve Benson, Robert Coles and Oliver Wilson tied for third place, two shots back in the 6-man log-jam at 2-under.

The three Brits had played 10 holes, Coles and Wilson after teeing off at the first and Benson having started his round at the 10th.

Others tied with them at 2-under at this early stage in the tournament were Italy’s Edoardo Molinari and fellow Ryder Cup prospect Anders Hansen of Denmark and South African Thomas Aiken.

Germany’s World No 4 Martin Kaymer, also among the morning starters, had not had a very encouraging start, and was 2-over after nine holes, but the World Nos 2 and 3, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, were in the afternoon field and had not yet even started warming up.

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