De la Riva, Paratore Share Lead After First Round of Czech Masters

De la Riva, Paratore Share Lead After First Round of Czech Masters

Renato Paratore of Italy tees off on the 16th hole during Day 1 of the D+D Real Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort on Aug. 27, 2015, in Prague, Czech Republic.
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VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Both Eduardo De la Riva and Renato Paratore shot a 7-under 65 to take a shared lead after the first round at the Czech Masters Thursday.

The 33-year old Spaniard De La Riva recovered from an early bogey on the 2nd with six birdies. He finished his round by holing for an eagle on the par-4 18th from the fairway with one of the shots of the day to join Paratore at the top of the leaderboard.

”Today, I played very solid,” De La Riva said. ”It’s very good to finish with 2 in a par 4. This 18th is a very difficult hole. So, I’m very happy.”

The 18-year-old Italian Paratore produced a flawless round with seven birdies.

”Today, I played really solid from the tee to the green and on the back nine I putted really well,” he said. ”So I’m happy with a 65. It is my best round on The European Tour.”

Both leaders are seeking the first European Tour victory at the Albatross Golf course near Prague.

A group of four, Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick and Sam Hutsby, Pelle Edberg of Sweden and Thomas Pieters of Belgium were one stroke back after carding 66.

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