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CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — James Morrison shot a course-record 10-under 60 to lead by three strokes after the first round of the European Masters on Thursday.
Starting in the first group at 7:40 a.m. at the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre club, the 36-year-old Englishman set a target no one could match on a sun-bathed day high in the Swiss Alps.
“The greens were just absolutely perfect this morning with no wind,” said Morrison, a two-time winner on the European Tour.
Morrison made nine birdies and an eagle, dropping just one shot at the par-4 18th hole which he played in his outward nine.
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Robin Sciot-Siegrist, the French left-hander, and Marcus Armitage each shot a 63 to tie for second place. Andy Sullivan and Dean Burmester were another shot back.
“It’s a four-round event. My 10 under isn’t going to win today, you’ll need to be minus-20 or (better),” Morrison said.
Miguel Ángel Jiménez is making his 31st appearance in the tournament at the Crans-Montana ski resort, which was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 57-year-old Jiménez, who won the 2010 edition, had four birdies in his 69.
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