Alejandro Canizares defied chilly and windy situations to shoot a 5-under 67 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the opening day of the Austrian Open.
The Spaniard carded an eagle and 4 birdies to sit down in entrance of a quartet of gamers, which included former No. 1 Martin Kaymer and John Catlin, a two-time winner in 2020.
“It was powerful to maintain targeted, it was so chilly,” Canizares mentioned. “It is powerful to really feel the fingers and that is crucial.”
Canizares’ solely setback was a bogey on the par-four twelfth.
“I putted very properly, missed a brief one after I made the bogey,” he mentioned.
Aside from Kaymer and Catlin, Rikard Karlsberg and Jacques Kruyswijk additionally completed their opening spherical on 68.
The best-ranked participant within the subject, No. 47 Thomas Detry, was tied for tenth after a 70.
The Austrian Open is the primary European Tour occasion in 2021 on European soil. It replaces the Tenerife Open, which is taking the slot of the Portugal Masters on April 29-Might 2. The occasion in Portugal can’t be staged due journey restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.