England’s Callum Shinkwin notched eight birdies, including two on his last three holes, to fired a 6-under 66 to lead the D+D Czech Masters by one stroke after Thursday’s first round.
Shinkwin is quietly putting together a good season, already ranked 28th in the Race to Dubai standings.
“I’ve had five weeks off but the confidence has still been there, even when playing at home. I didn’t do too much the first two weeks but then I got out there and I was still swinging it quite well which was quite nice.”
He’s pursued by a trio of men a stroke: fellow Brit James Heath, South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli, and Sweden’s Pontus Wiedgren.
American Julian Suri, fresh off his win at the Made in Denmark Classic, is two strokes off the lead at 4-under with a 68. Suri is 60th in the Race to Dubai standings based on his win last week and could go a long way towards cementing his place in the post-season series with a strong finish here.
Suri looked prepared to conquer the entire continent early in his round as he birdied four of the first seven holes.
“Physically I’m playing well. Coming out of the gate maybe I was a little bit fatigued mentally,” Suri said. ” I had some squirly shots but I kind of settled myself, had three birdies in a row and played pretty solid from there on in. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, there’s no celebrations now, I haven’t done anything. I’m in the first quarter, there’s still a long way to go but if I keep doing what I’m doing I think I’ll be in good shape.”