Two years after his last European Tour title, France’s Gregory Bourdy stormed to the early lead at the Lyoness Open Thursday in Atzenbrugg, Austria.
His 7-under 65 left him two shots clear of four-way tie for second after 18 holes. He did not record a bogey on the round and was 4-under at the turn, adding three birdies in a four-hole stretch between 13 and 16 on the back nine.
He’s one of three players currently in the Race to Dubai Top 60 in the top three after one day. Germany’s Max Kieffer (#40) and the UK’s Chris Wood (#34) are tied for second at 5-under.
A whopping 53 players, more than one-third of the field, are at least 1-stroke under par after a day.
Defending champion Mikael Lundberg of Sweden was not one of them, settling for an even-par 72. He looked every bit the heavy, sitting at 3-under through four holes, but had back-to-back bogeys at 9 and 10, and a double bogey at 12 to fall way back of the leaders.
Local favorite Bernd Wiesberger, who lost by a stroke last year to Lundberg and who is currently fifth in the Race to Dubai standings and ranked 37th in the world, did himself few favors while struggling to a 7-over 79.
Wiesberger did not record a single birdie on the day, and had a pair of double bogeys at 3 and 15. At 14 strokes off the lead, he’ll be lucky to make the cut at this point.