Moriarty, Wiegele share European Tour lead

LUMBRES, France, June 17 (UPI) -- Colm Moriarty and Martin Wiegele each shot 5-under-par 66 Thursday and share the lead after one round of the European Tour's Saint-Omer Open in France.

Both had six birdies and an bogey on the day in building a 2-stroke lead over a group of five golfers, including 2005 Saint-Omer champion Joakim Backstrom, tied for third at 3-under.


Moriarty, in the first group off Thursday morning, opened his round with a birdie and added another at the sixth hole. He had four birdies in the 5-hole span from 9-13 and took his only bogey at the par-3 17th hole.

Wiegele had his bogey early -- at the second hole -- but birdied Nos. 7 and 9 to make the turn at 1-under. He jumped up the leaderboard with three straight birdies from 11-13 and took a share of the lead with a birdie at 15.

"There were some tough conditions out there, so I am very pleased to shoot five-under," Wiegele said. "The greens were very tricky and the wind was blowing, so I couldn't have played a lot better than that."


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