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White hot Ormsby opens with 62

Wade Ormsby
Wade Ormsby on his way to a 62 on the European Tour. Image: Getty

Australia’s Wade Ormsby will take a one-shot lead into the second round of the Scandinavian Invitation on the European Tour after firing a brilliant eagle and six birdies in his bogey-free 62.

Morning starter Ormsby enjoyed a long spell at the top of the leaderboard on Thursday after following up his early burst of scoring with a closing birdie to finish the day on eight-under par, one shot clear of home favorite Joakim Lagergren and Frenchman Alexander Levy.

Many of the lowest scores were posted by the early wave on Thursday, with Lagergren's 63, which contained seven birdies and no bogeys, the best round of the afternoon.

Ormsby is chasing his second European Tour title this week after winning the opening event of the 2018 season, the UBS Hong Kong Open, in November 2017.

He got off to a strong start on day one at Hills Golf & Sports Club, picking up his first birdie at the 12th - his third hole - before holing his approach into the 14th with a four iron for a spectacular eagle.

The 39-year-old then reeled off three consecutive birdies at the 16th, 17th and 18th to reach the turn in 28.

Ormsby grabbed the outright lead when he got up and down from a greenside bunker at the long third hole for a birdie to move to seven under par.

The Australian was briefly caught at the top of the leaderboard after Levy rounded off his round with a birdie at the ninth - his last - but Ormsby also finished his round with a birdie to lead on his own.

"I made a pretty straight birdie on the 12th and then at the 14th I was in between a five and a four iron, picked the right one and boxed it, so then I just got a bit of momentum through the final holes," said Ormsby.

"I felt quite comfortable out there, I was holing my return putts and that kept the round going, which added up to 62."


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