Scandinavian Mixed: Craig Howie tied at four for an early lead as Liz Young impresses in Sweden | Golf News – NewsRaiser

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Highlights from the first round of Scandinavian Mixed on the DP World Tour.

Highlights from the first round of Scandinavian Mixed on the DP World Tour.

Scotsman Craig Howie shares first place in Scandinavian Mixed, where England’s Liz Young has also impressed.

Howie birdied seven in a bogeyless 65 at Halmstad Golf Club, where 78 men and 78 women from the DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour played the same course for a prize.

The World No. 416 is tied at four up with seven under along with France’s Matthieu Pavon, Spain’s Santiago Tarrio and amateur Carolina Melgrati, who birdied four and an eagle on her last nine holes.

“It was hard to know what the score would be this week, so I’d just post it and walk away,” said Howie, who missed his last three cuts.

“We play a different style of golf than the women, but I think this golf course is a perfect match for both. »

Young recovered from a three-putt bogey on her first hole to record eight birdies on her way to a six-under 66, with fellow LET player Linn Grant also leading alongside Kristoffer Broberg and Jazz Janewattananond.

“The putter got hot and really moved my round forward in the middle as well, which was good,” Young said. “I was always trying to birdie the back nine, I think our back nine starts are easier because we have a few more corners coming into the greens, and I was able to capitalize on that, up top. »

England’s quartet Rosie Davies, Daniel Gavins, David Horsey and Oliver Wilson are all within three of the lead, with co-host Henrik Stenson five shots behind after under 70.

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“I think the way I played, I’m pretty happy with that score,” Stenson said. “I had some birdies in the middle, well, three birdies in a row, and that put me in the red and it was quite a struggle to stay there on the way home. »

Defending champion Jonathan Caldwell posted 71, one under the ranking, and top-ranked Alex Noren struggled to get to 73 in the first round, while Annika Sorenstam signed on 74, two under.

Watch Scandinavian Mixed all week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues Friday from midday on Sky Sports Golf and for free on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel.

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