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Nilsson out front on European Tour

July 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM

PARIS, July 5 (UPI) -- Christian Nilsson produced his best round of the year by three shots Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Open de France.

Nilsson, a one-time winner on the European Tour, turned in a 6-under 65 at the Albatross Course while Matteo Manassero, Thongchai Jaidee and Gary Boyd were all at 66.

Those tied for fifth at 67 included Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, David Lynn and Federico Colobo.

Nilsson's round was highlighted by three consecutive birdies beginning at the sixth.

Lee Westwood, ranked third in the world, shot a 70 -- the same score posted by current British Open champion Darren Clarke.

Clarke will defend his title this month at the Royal Lytham and St. Anne's course.

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