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Gee, Lundberg share lead in Austria
Atzenbrugg, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Gee and Mikael Lundberg both carded 5-under 67s on Thursday and they share the lead after the opening round of the Lyoness Open.
Gee is looking for his first European Tour title, while Lundberg is a two-time winner of the Russian Open.
Rhys Davies opened with a 4-under 68 at Diamond Country Club. He was joined in third place by Richard Finch and Matthew Baldwin. Thomas Levet and Phillip Archer headline a group of eight players that share sixth place at minus-3.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is one of three players ranked in the top-100 in the world in the field this week, posted a 2-under 70. He is one of 12 players tied for 14th.
Gee played the back nine first on Thursday and opened with three pars in a row. He made eagle on the short par-4 13th and came back with a birdie on the 16th.
The Englishman stumbled to a bogey on No. 18 en route to making the turn at minus-2. Gee bounced right back with a birdie on the first.
Gee moved to minus-4 with a birdie on the third. He ran off five straight pars from the fourth before closing with a birdie on the ninth.
"When we arrived at the course the wind was blowing pretty hard, which is maybe why a few of the guys struggled a bit more in the morning. I think we definitely got the better half of the draw, which was another bit of fortune that went my way, but I'll certainly take it," said Gee. "I've been playing quite nicely lately, there were some good signs last week and I've continued that progress here. There's still a long way to go, but the signs are encouraging."
Lundberg, who was two groups behind Gee, birdied the 12th, 14th and 16th to get to minus-3. After a pair of pars, he traded a birdie for a bogey from the first.
The 40-year-old Swede parred four straight from the third. Lundberg dropped in back-to-back birdie chances at seven and eight to join Gee atop the leaderboard.
"I played pretty solid all day and made a few putts, so it all added up to a pretty good day. Nothing was spectacular today, but everything was pretty solid. I've been working well with my new coach, and we've made a lot of progress over the past four weeks," Lundberg explained. "My long game is working well, my short game comes and goes so I'm still a little bit inconsistent around the greens, but I'm getting there."
NOTES: Gee has missed the cut four times this year, and his best finish, a tie for 24th, came at the weather-shortened Madeira Island Open ... Lundberg has six missed cuts this season, and his best finish is a tie for 28th at the Open de Espana.
06/05 15:25:22 ET
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