Moscow, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - David Horsey fired a 7-under 65 on Thursday and grabbed a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the Russian Open.
Horsey has two European Tour wins with the last coming at the 2011 Trophee Hassan II. He is coming off three straight missed cuts.
Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford are tied for second, one stroke off the lead after they opened with 6-under 66s.
Rikard Karlberg posted a 5-under 67 and he was joined in fourth place by Jack Doherty, Maximilian Kieffer, Oliver Bekker, Louis De Jager, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Jack Wilson and Thomas Pieters.
Horsey opened with a birdie on the first at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club, then he ran off six pars in a row from the second. He converted his second birdie try on the par-5 eighth.
Around the turn, the Englishman birdied the 10th and 13th to move to minus-4. Horsey birdied 15th to join the group of leaders at minus-5
Horsey made it two in a row with a birdie on the 16th. He followed with a 6-foot birdie putt on 17 and birdied the last to close out a bogey-free round.
"It was very solid," Horsey said. "I birdied the first and then had a few shaky holes where I managed to scramble pars with eight- to 10-footers. After that it was flawless and probably could've been a few better. It was a bit breezier this afternoon, but I was just trying to concentrate on giving myself opportunities to make birdie."
Jamieson started with six pars in the first seven holes to go with a birdie on the third. He jumped to minus-3 with an eagle on the par-5 eighth.
Last year's Nelson Mandela Championship winner birdied the 10th and followed that with four pars in a row. He climbed into a share of second with birdies on the 16th and 18th.
Whiteford birdied three of his first five holes to get off to a quick start. However, he stumbled to a bogey on the seventh. Whiteford bounced right back with a birdie on No. 8.
The Scotsman faltered to another bogey on the 11th. Whiteford erased that mistake with a birdie on the 12th. He birdied the 14th to move to minus-4. Whiteford birdied 16 and 18 to share second place.
NOTES: Morten Orum Madsen is the highest ranked player in the field this week at world No. 154 ... Madsen opened with a 1-under 71 and is tied for 35th ... Last year's winner Michael Hoey is not playing this week after hurting his foot at the Open Championship last week.
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