Youghal’s Conor Coyne leads the Irish scoring after a very low scoring opening day of the Dell Technologies Championship on the PGA EuroPro Tour.
Seventy-seven players went under-par in the first round at Mannings Heath Golf Club where English duo Jack Slater and Taylor Carter lead the way at seven-under-par.
Coyne is the best Irishman as he mixed five birdies and one bogey in a four-under 68, which is good for a share of 14th, with the Co Cork man hoping to break a run of six missed cuts in seven events, with his best finish this season being 43rd.
That is three shots behind the leaders, with Letchworth’s Slater bogey-free in signing for his 65, while Hanbury Manor’s Carter combined an eagle and eight birdies with a double-bogey and a bogey in a roller coaster round.
With the cut line currently two-under, reflecting the low scoring in West Sussex, it leaves the rest of the Irish contingent battling just to make the final round.
Wexford’s Rhys Clarke and Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan, who both had to battle back from double-bogeys early in their rounds, are best placed after one-under 71s.
Owen Crooks and Cork’s John Hickey have work to do after a pair of two-over 74s, with Daniel Brennan facing an uphill battle as well as he opened with a three-over 75.