Peter Hanson holds an outright lead at the Byron Nelson Championships after the first 18 holes have been played.
The Swede was in fine form and got to five-under-par for the day, leaving him a shot clear of a trio of rivals for the title.
Hanson did most of his work on the front-nine. He made a great start to the day, birdying the par four first and his momentum continued throughout the opening nine holes.
Further shots were to be made on the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth – meaning he was able to shot 30 on the front nine.
His back-nine was much quieter, with a solitary dropped shot on the 14th cancelled out by a birdie on the 18th to leave him at even par for the final nine holes and able to card an overall score of 65.
His main competition at this stage comes in the form of a trio of golfers at four-under par. Marc Leishman, David Duval and Tim Wilkinson will all be very content with their rounds of 66, leaving them in a good position for the rest of the tournament.
The three of them, like Hanson, did most of their work on the accessible front-nine before things slowed up, scoring wise, on their way back to the club-house.
Elsewhere, Martin Kaymer’s good form – which led him to victory at the Players Championship last week – continued. The German was in fine nick, getting to three under par for the day, as he looks to add his second triumph in as many competitions.
Kaymer, unlike the trend for most of the field, only made one birdie on the first nine holes – on the par four third – but made up three shots on the 10th, 16th and 18th to shoot up the leaderboard.
His main rival at Sawgrass had a tougher time of it, though. Jordan Spieth, who had shared a lead going into the final round at the Players Championship with Kaymer before slipping back, admitted that he found things ‘difficult’ although he was able to keep himself at level par.
Another man to find the going tough was Jimmy Walker. The American has been one of the form players on the tour this season, but wasn’t at his best today as he struggled to one-over-par, leaving him seven shots off the lead.
That said, he didn’t find the going as tough as the duo of Angel Cabrera and Charl Schwartzel, with the experienced pair finishing the day on three-over-par and in tied 106th place.
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