James Sugrue was pleased with how he drove the ball after moving to within two shots of the early lead at the Alps de Las Castillas in Spain.
Sugrue carded a superb seven-under 65 in his opening round leaving him in a share of third place and just two shots off the lead held by Italy’s Enrico Di Nitto.
Four birdies in five holes before the turn catapulted the Mallow native into contention before an eagle on 14 and a birdie on 18 capped off an excellent day where impressive driving paid off.
“The course is very scorable but only if you’re in the fairway, therefore you must drive it well and I’m pleased I was able to do that today. The weather was phenomenal today, even though there is a good breeze now but it was perfect for scoring.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the week, Sugrue added: “I believe the winning score will be around 19 under-par.”
Galway’s Ronan Mullarney also started well with a four-under 68 for openers while Paul McBride and Paul Murphy are both on one-under-par.
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