Sharvin and Caldwell in touch at Porsche European Open

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Cormac Sharvin (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Cormac Sharvin and Jonathan Caldwell are within four shots of Thomas Detry’s lead after a low scoring opening day at the Porsche European Open in Germany.

Ardglass pro Sharvin heads the Irish challenge after signing for a one-under 71, his three birdies and two bogeys leaving him in a tie for 12th and trailing just three strokes behind Detry. Clandeboye pro Caldwell is just a shot further back after also returning a solid opener that included a mix of four birdies and four bogeys.

Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney is just inside the top-50 after carding two birdies in a two-over 74 while Paul Dunne largely struggled on the opening day with two double-bogeys in his four-over 76.

Detry came home in just 29 strokes as he carded a four-under par round to take the lead after the first day in Hmaburg. The Belgian, searching for a maiden European Tour victory, made the turn one over par after a bogey on the 16th hole, his seventh. He then carded seven birdies and a double bogey on the front nine, making four gains in a row from the sixth hole to sign for a four under par total at Green Eagle Golf Courses.

“I just made a couple more putts, but I played the same way,” said Detry. “The golf course is really tough this week, it’s almost a U.S. Open set up. I played the front nine really steady, my first nine holes, didn’t really make anything and made a little mistake – a bogey – but on the back nine I got it going. Two early birdies, a double on one of the easiest holes, then I had a nice bounce back with a tap-in birdie and had another four birdies.”

Sweden’s Alexander Björk, England’s Ashley Chesters, David Law of Scotland and China’s Ashun Wu share second place on three under par, while Marcel Schneider is the top-performing German on two under par as he sits in sixth place alongside five other golfers.

Germany’s Bernd Ritthammer, runner-up at this event when it was last played in 2019, is one of ten golfers in a share of 12th place on one under.

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