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Kofstad in lead at European Tour's Wales Open

Aug. 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

NEWPORT, Wales, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Espen Kofstad used a finishing flourish in shooting a 7-under-par 64 Thursday for the first-round lead of the European Tour's ISPS Handa Wales Open.

Kofstad, a rookie looking for his first European Tour win, closed his first round with three birdies and an eagle in taking a two-stroke lead over Richard Green and Chris Wood.

Kofstad was 6-under on the back nine, with birdies on all three par 3s.

Green played bogey-free golf Thursday and Wood's round included four birdies, a bogey and an eagle at the par-4, 477-yard 15th home.

Gregory Bourdy, Mark Foster, and Tjaart Van Der Walt are tied for fourth at 4-under 67 with Emiliano Grillo and Robert Rock another stroke back at 3-under.

Kofstad birdied his first two holes at the Celtic Manor Resort in southeastern Wales but had a bogey at the ninth hole after six straight pars to make the turn on 1-under.

He opened his second nine with a birdie and added another at the 13th. After giving back a stroke at 14, Kofstad ran off three consecutive birdies -- making a long putt on 17 -- and had a bunker shot go in for eagle at 18.

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