France’s Gregory Havret recorded an ace on the par-3, 195-yard No. 13, part of his 7-under 63 on Thursday, giving him a 1-stroke lead at the Omega European Masters being held in Crans Montana, Switzerland.
Thanks to an eagle 2 on the 331-yard, par-4 No. 7, Havret was already 4-under at the turn, but gave back a stroke with a bogey on No. 10.
He bounced back with the ace on 13 followed by back-to-back birdies. The ace, Havret’s third on the European Tour, won him an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Chronograph in 18-karat red gold, which retails for around $24,000.
On the outside looking in of the Race to Dubai top 60, currently listed No. 67, this could be a major move for Havret if he keeps up the pace.
He leads Denmark’s Lasse Jensen by a single stroke. Jensen recorded six birdies without a bogey on the day.
Tied for third is a clump of 11 players including England’s Danny Willett. Fresh off a tie for sixth at the Open Championship, Willett was 4-under at the turn, and countered two bogeys with an eagle and a birdie on the back nine.
Also in that mix is Thailand amateur Jazz Janewattananond, who won’t turn 20 until late November. Janewattananond had a wild round featuring six birdies, and eagle, and three bogeys to finish with a 65.
Early on it looked like England’s Tyrrell Hatton would be the pace setter as he ran off five straight birdies to end the front nine with a 6-under 29, and added three more between 14 and 16 to reach 8-under. However, he came unglued on the par-4, 402-yard No. 18 and recorded a triple-bogey 7 to fall back to 5-under.