Horne in front at Wales Open

June 2, 2011 at 2:50 PM

NEWPORT, Wales, June 2 (UPI) -- Keith Horne turned in a bogey-free 7-under-par 64 Thursday and owns the lead after the first round of the European Tour's Saab Wales Open.

Six of Horne's birdies came over the final 10 holes as he claimed a 1-stroke lead over Peter Hanson, who rode a string of four consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-17 into second place.

Paul Broadhurst, Alvaro Velasco and Steve Webster are tied for third at 5-under and another six golfers are at 4-under.

Horne had a birdie at No. 2 and was still 1-under after eight holes before beginning his charge with a birdie at the 580-yard, par-5 ninth hole. He jumped up the leaderboard with three consecutive birdies at Nos. 11-13 and finished with two more birdies over his final three holes.

Henson was 2-under after a bogey at No. 13. He then ran off four straight birdies and pulled within one stroke of Horne.

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