Aguilar has the lead at Lumbres

June 15, 2006 at 6:21 PM
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LUMBRES, France, June 15 (UPI) -- Chile's Felipe Aguilar shot 5-under 66 Thursday to grab a one-shot lead after 18 holes of the rain-delayed Saint Omer Open Golf Tournament in Lumbres, France.

"I have a partnership in a construction company and another one that makes windows and doors (so) it's hard to find sponsors and you really have to put your hand on your own pocket," said a surprised Aguilar, who is the first native of Chile on the European Tour.

The overnight runners-up are Sweden's Klas Eriksson and Jean Hugo of South Africa at 4-under 67.

There is a five-way tie for fourth place. England's David Dixon, Cedric Menut of France, Cesar Monasterio of Argentina, France's Adrien Mork and Juan Parron of Spain all shot 3-under 68.

Thursday's rain delay lasted more than two hours.

In 2005, Sweden's Joakim Backstrom earned his first career victory on the tour in a playoff against England's Paul Dwyer.

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