European Masters Gregory Havret makes hole-in-one and eagle two

A hole-in-one and an eagle on a par four helped Gregory Havret claim a two-shot first-round lead at the European Masters.

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Gregory Havret recorded a hole-in-one and an eagle two on his way to securing a one-shot lead in round one of the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre.

Havret, who went round in 63 on Thursday, was overhauled by Tyrrell Hatton towards the end of an opening day interrupted by a 90-minute delay due to fog.

However, after combining nine birdies - including five in succession from the fifth - with a solitary dropped shot over his first 17 holes, Hatton put two balls in the water at the 18th and ran up a triple-bogey seven to drop back into a pack of 12 players sharing third at five under.

Lasse Jensen, who only arrived at the venue on Wednesday evening, shot 64 to trail Havret by a single stroke.

Among those at five under with Hatton were Danny Willett - a contender at The Open last week whose 65 followed rounds of 64 and 63 in his last two journeys around the picturesque course in the Alps - and former US PGA Championship winner Y. E. Yang.

They were joined by Richard Bland, Seve Benson, Jazz Janewattananond, Pelle Edberg, Rikard Karlberg, Richard Green, Michael Hoey, Baek Seuk-hyun and amateur Marcus Kinhult, while defending champion David Lipsky was a shot further back at four under.

Havret got off to a poor start when bogeying the 10th, his first hole, but an ace at the 195-yard 13th inspired a swift upturn in fortunes for the 38-year-old.

Birdies at 14 and 15 followed and further back-to-back gains on the fourth and fifth left Havret five under with four holes to play.

He then picked up another two shots with an eagle at the driveable par-four seventh, before parring the final two holes for a seven-under round.

"During the whole round I was quite smiley, because I knew something was good at the end of my day, whatever happened," a delighted Havret told the European Tour's website.

"I obviously played good until the end, so by then it was just great."

Havret was not the only player to make a hole-in-one and Hoey's ace on the third ensured the record of 39 in a European Tour season was equalled with months to spare.

 

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