March 30, 2006

Champion Broadhurst equals course record in Portugal

By Norman Dabell

PENINA, Portugal (Reuters) - Champion Paul Broadhurst of
Britain equaled the Penina course record of 64 on Thursday to
take an early one-shot lead in the opening round of the
Portuguese Open.

Swedish rookie Christian Nilsson bogeyed the last to drop
back to second place on seven-under.

Last year's victory was Broadhurst's first for 10 years and
Thursday's opening round was fashioned on a spectacular putting

Broadhurst single-putted a succession of greens and took
only 24 putts in a round of one eagle, seven birdies and one

"I'm normally quite a good putter but I holed a lot of good
putts today," he said.

"It's the first time I've been under 65 for quite a few
years and I thought I could shoot 62, which is my career-lowest

"I'd played awful up to today. It's a funny game, golf. It
was just the same when I won last year." Broadhurst missed last
week's Madeira Open to see his coach Bob Torrance.

Nilsson, a tour school qualifier, collected five birdies in
his first six holes and 10 in all.

Christian Cevaer, bidding to be the second successive
French winner of a tournament after Jean Van de Velde last week
in Madeira, is a further stroke back.

Jarmo Sandelin, leader in the first two rounds in Madeira,
lies five-under. Portuguese amateur Joao Pedro Sousa holed in
one at the sixth.