CASCAIS, Portugal (AP) — Simon Dyson of England shot a 4-under 67 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Estoril Open.
Dyson, who won the Indonesia Open and the KLM Open in 2006 and finished third twice this season, eagled the 16th hole and also had three birdies. Scotsman Stephan Gallacher, Englishman Ross McGowan and South African Louis Oosthuizen all had 68s.
Gallacher had seven birdies on a day when European Tour officials decided not to cut the greens before the round, anticipating winds that gusted to about 30 mph would cause difficulty.
Dyson rolled in a 20-foot putt for his eagle on the 573-yard, par-5 16th. McGowan eagled the 347-yard, par-4 11th and added a pair of birdies on the back nine to overcome a bogey at No. 2.
Defending champion Paul Broadhurst had an inconsistent round of five birdies and three bogeys to finish with a 69 and was two strokes back with Nick Dougherty and Barry Lane.
Six more golfers were at 70.