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Sami Valimaki birdied his first 5 holes on his strategy to a two-shot lead in Prague; Robert MacIntyre is among the many Ryder Cup hopefuls in motion; Watch the second spherical reside on Friday from noon on Sky Sports activities Golf

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Highlights from the primary spherical of the Czech Masters from the Albatross Golf Resort.

Highlights from the primary spherical of the Czech Masters from the Albatross Golf Resort.

Ryder Cup hopefuls Robert MacIntyre and Alexander Bjork seized their likelihood to personally impress Europe captain Luke Donald on day one of many D+D Actual Czech Masters.

Enjoying alongside Donald within the penultimate qualifying occasion at Albatross Golf Resort, MacIntyre carded a gap 66 and Bjork went one higher with a 65 to share second place, two photographs behind pacesetter Sami Valimaki.

Nicolai Hojgaard and Ludvig Aberg, who had been positioned in the identical group as vice-captain Francesco Molinari, carded rounds of 65 and 68 respectively, with Yannik Paul taking pictures a 66 matched by Molinari’s brother Edoardo, his taking part in companion for the primary two rounds and one other vice-captain.

Sami Valimaki holds a two-shot lead after the opening day

Donald admitted on Wednesday the id of his six wild playing cards was giving him sleepless nights, however he can solely have been inspired by the type of these attempting to make the case for choice.

MacIntyre holds the third and closing automated qualifying place on the European Factors checklist and a victory in Prague, coupled with none of his rivals ending within the high 5, would seal his place within the facet.

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“I am delighted with the spherical,” MacIntyre mentioned after a bogey-free 66. “I hoped for that after final week (a missed lower in Northern Eire). I felt like I drove it nicely, iron play was good and I putted respectable. I’ve obtained loads on my thoughts, loads happening and I’ve simply obtained to maintain preventing.”

Bjork, who’s twentieth on the European Factors checklist, additionally saved his card bogey-free and completed with 4 straight birdies in entrance of Donald, whose personal 71 was marred by a double-bogey six on the eighth, his penultimate gap.

“It was actually enjoyable,” Bjork mentioned. “Luke is a superb participant and a participant seemed as much as after I was youthful. It was enjoyable taking part in with him. We’re getting shut (to the Ryder Cup) however I am simply attempting to focus, like I’ve carried out all season, on what I ought to do with my recreation. I am nonetheless doing that and that is what I ought to do.”

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Valimaki began his spherical from the tenth with 5 straight birdies and picked up 4 extra photographs on the entrance 9 to card a bogey-free 63 and revel in a two-shot lead over a five-strong chasing pack.

“I used to be simply flowing,” the Finn mentioned. “While you begin placing good and hitting it good, you simply maintain going and benefit from the spherical. Final time right here I missed the lower by numerous photographs so I did not have huge expectations for the week. It is good to begin this manner.”

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