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Marc Warren shot a 63 to finish eight-under par and lead the 2016 Portugal Masters after the first round at Victoria Clube de Golfe in Vilamoura, Portugal, on Thursday.

Warren ended one shot ahead of American David Lipsky, who was part of a five-player tie in second on seven-under for the day. Meanwhile, defending champion Andy Sullivan finished his day four shots off the pace after a round of 64 to begin the final regular event of the European Tour calendar.

Here’s what the leaderboard looks like after Thursday:

Portugal Masters 2016 Leaderboard: Thursday Scores
Position Player Round 1 Score To Par Overall
1 Marc Warren 63 -8 63
T2 David Lipsky 64 -7 64
T2 Mikko Korhonen 64 -7 64
T2 Callum Shinkwin 64 -7 64
T2 Matthew Badlwin 64 -7 64
T2 Eddie Pepperell 64 -7 64
T7 Jens Fahrbring 65 -6 65
T7 Nacho Elvira 65 -6 65
T7 Alejandro Canizares 65 -6 65
T7 Edouard Espana 65 -6 65

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All scorecard information per the European Tour official site.

   

Recap

Lipsky hit four birdies over the first five holes before closing out the front nine with another pair. However, a bogey at the 11th stunted the American’s progress.

He rescued things with a birdie before closing out the round with par over each of the final six holes, and Lipsky carded a 64 for the day.

It was a steady, yet average round for Sullivan, per the European Tour:

Last year’s winner consistently failed to turn pars into birdies, although misfortune played its part at different times:

Still, he took to social media to express his satisfaction with his opening-round performance:

By contrast, Warren put himself just two shots off the lead after a spectacular time on the front nine. The Scotsman finished the first half of the course with seven birdies, including this one:

Warren began the back nine with par over each of the first three holes. But another birdie, this one on the par-three 13, helped him draw level with Lipsky:

Another birdie on the 15th put Warren a shot ahead, and he ultimately finished one shot in front of Lispky after a fine opening round.

Yet as well as Warren was playing, Eddie Pepperell’s form over the back nine may have been even more impressive. The Englishman hit a quartet of birdies and an eagle to start the second half of his round.

His eagle came at the par-five 12, and Pepperell was just a single shot off the lead ahead of the final two holes. He narrowly avoided bettering the effort at the 16th:

But he could only manage par from then on and ended up in the logjam in second place. Despite a round that also featured two bogeys, Pepperell expressed his confidence about winning the tournament:

It’s a group sure to keep the pressure on Warren during the tournament’s second day. Outside those in second, Sullivan was steady, but he’ll have to step things up in Round 2.

He’ll need to turn a few of those pars into birdies or better to close the gap.  



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