Horsey one shot clear of field in Russian Open
English man has two previous wins on European Tour
David Horsey of England: birdie at par-four first set the tone for opening round. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images
The 29-year-old English man has two previous wins on the European Tour, with the last coming more than three years ago in the Trophee Hassan II. And he started well to head the leaderboard at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club.
A birdie at the par-four first set the tone for Horsey’s opening round, which contained no dropped shots, with another birdie on the eighth and five more following on his back nine.
His seven under-par round leaves him one shot clear of Scottish duo Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford, with the former looking to build on a poor showing at the Open Championship last week.
Like Horsey, Jamieson’s round contained no dropped shots, with the highlight an eagle at the par-five eighth.
There are eight golfers tied in fourth place, one shot shy of the Scottish pair and two behind Horsey.
Damien McGrane and Kevin Phelan lead the Irish challenge, but returning three under par 69s in their opening round.