One-under was a popular score for Irish players on the opening day of the D+D Real Czech Masters in Prague as three of the five local men in the field all finished on that score.
Cormac Sharvin, Gavin Moynihan and David Carey all fired 71s in their first rounds at Albatross Golf Resort to claim an early share of 55th place, seven shots back of leader Louis de Jager.
The South African carded eight birdies in a bogey-free eight-under 64 on day one to lead the way by one stroke from Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, the best-ranked player in the field signing for one more birdie (nine) but also two bogeys in a 65, including a dropped shot at the last.
Of the Irish trio to end the day at one-under, Carey’s was the most action-packed as he mixed five birdies with two bogeys and a double-bogey to complete his round one better than where he started, while Sharvin and Moynihan’s days were less adventurous.
Sharvin will be the more frustrated of the pair as he reached the 18th hole at Albatross Golf Resort bogey-free and two-under, only to drop his only shot of the day at the last, while Moynihan will have been pleased with a late birdie at the 17th, after one birdie and one bogey on his front nine, to get under-par.
Greystones’ Paul Dunne had a much tougher day, though, as two bogeys and a double led to a birdie-less four-over 76 in Prague which has him tied for 121st, five shots off the cut mark as it stands.
Michael Young retired after 16 holes of his round while at seven-over-par.