Gane in four-way tie in Madeira

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Two Englishmen were in a four-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the Madeira Islands Open.

Two Englishmen were in a four-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the Madeira Islands Open.
Chris Gane and Ben Evans shot six-under-par 66s to top the leaderboard alongside Scotland’s George Murray and home favourite Jose-Felipe Lima on Porto Santo.
Gane picked up six birdies and an eagle with two bogeys, while Evans, the world number 836, saw his round boosted by five birdies on the back nine.
Murray had seven birdies and a bogey and Lima an eagle and four birdies.
Two more English players, James Morrison and Oliver Fisher, were a shot back, level with Scottish pair Andrew McArthur and Jamie McLeary and France’s Julien Quesne.
Morrison had looked like making it a five-way tie for first after a run of eagle-birdie-birdie on 14, 15 and 16, but a bogey at the 18th dropped him back.
Fisher had five straight birdies from the fifth to the ninth, but picked up just one more and a bogey on the back nine as his round lost momentum.
Another group of four players were on four under, consisting of England’s Phillip Archer, Republic of Ireland’s Simon Thornton, Italian Alessandro Tadini and Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.
Archer had a mixed round with eight birdies and four bogeys, while Andersson Hed’s featured seven birdies but was undermined by a triple-bogey eight at the 10th.
Twelve players shot 69s to sit on three under. They included five more Englishmen, these being world number 1360 Charlie Ford, Gary Clark, Richard McEvoy, Miles Tunnicliff and Benn Barham, as well as former Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart of Scotland.

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