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Branden Grace makes solid start to BMW PGA

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South Africa's Branden Grace got his BMW PGA Championship quest off to a solid start as he carded a first-round 70 in Surrey. 

Grace, 26, was among the early starters at Wentworth but could not make the most of serene conditions as he went out in 37 before recovering well on the back nine to get himself back inside the top 15.

His first error of the day came at the 465-yard par-four third but he bounced back immediately at the next with a birdie on the first par five the pristine English course has to offer. 

However, after failing to make any further gains, he slipped back to one over with another bogey - this time at the shortest par-four on the front nine, the eighth, to reach the turn in 37. 

With Thomas Bjorn, a contender for a spot on Paul McGinley's Ryder Cup team this autumn, running away at the top of the leaderboard thanks to seven birdies and an eagle in his first 16 holes, Grace had to find birdies from somewhere on the back nine and he duly did so. 

He birdied the par-five 12th to get back to level for the tournament and made further in-roads at 15 and 17 before parring the daunting 18th to card a round of two under after the first day of the European Tour's flagship event. 

He currently sits in a tie for 14th alongside Padraig Harrington, Stephen Gallacher and Thorbjorn Olesen who were yet to finish their first round when Grace walked off the final green. 

With rain and thunder forecast for this afternoon in Surrey, Grace will be more than happy with his morning's work, and with the weather set fair for tomorrow with it becoming less blustery in the afternoon, the South African - who has already managed four victories on the European circuit - looks well placed for a good week in England. 

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