March 30, 2006

Broadhurst ties course record to lead in Portugal

By Norman Dabell

PENINA, Portugal (Reuters) - Holder Paul Broadhurst of
Britain equalled the Penina course record on Thursday, an
eight-under-par 64 carrying him one shot clear after the first
round of the Portuguese Open.

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

Christian Cevaer, bidding to become the second successive
French winner on the European Tour after Jean Van de Velde's
triumph at the Madeira Island Open last week, was a further
stroke back on 66.

Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden, leader in the first two rounds in
Madeira, shared fourth position on 67 with Spain's Carl Suneson
and Briton Richard Finch.

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

The former Ryder Cup player single-putted a succession of
greens and took only 24 putts in a round containing one eagle,
seven birdies and one bogey.


"I'm normally quite a good putter but I holed a lot of good
putts today," the 40-year-old Broadhurst told reporters.

"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, who missed last week's event to work on his
game with coach Bob Torrance, matched the 64s returned by
Robert Karlsson of Sweden and Australia's Terry Price when the
tournament was last held at Penina two years ago.

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

Tournament favorite Nick Dougherty of Britain carded a 69,
one stroke better than Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam, while Van
de Velde posted a 72.

Portuguese amateur Joao Pedro Sousa had a hole-in-one at
the 192-yard par-three sixth on the way to a seven-over 79.