PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland, June 28 (UPI) -- Jeev Milkha Singh and Gregory Bourdy each fired 7-under-par 65s Thursday and share the first-round lead at the European Tour's Irish Open.
The first round was played in windy, wet conditions and reports of lightning led to a suspension of play for about an hour and a half in the afternoon.
Singh had one of the early start times and opened with seven birdies in his first 10 holes. Bourdy, playing in one of the last groups, was bogey-free en route to his 65.
Six players, including Matthew Zions who overcame two bogeys, are tied at 6-under 66 with another 10 at 5-under.
Singh opened with a par Thursday but then ran off three consecutive birdies. He added another at the sixth hole before closing the side with birdies at Nos. 8 and 9. He again made it three in a row with a birdie at the par-5 10th.
His lone bogey came at the par-3 14th but he finished with a birdie at 18.
Bourdy played the second nine at the Royal Portrush Golf Club first Thursday and jumped out with three birdies in his first four holes. He made the turn at 4-under after a birdie at No. 18. Additional birdies at 2, 4 and 6 on the front nine pulled him even with Milkha.
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