Fichardt makes strong begin at Cazoo Open

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South Africa’s Darren Fichardt is 2 photographs behind the co-leaders going into the second day of the Cazoo Open.

Julien Guerrier, Connor Syme and Dale Whitnell posted opening rounds of 67 to share the lead after a tough first day of the DP World Tour occasion.

The trio high a bunched leaderboard after reaching 4 below par at The Celtic Manor Resort on Thursday afternoon, with the host course exhibiting its tooth on day one.

Guerrier displayed spectacular preventing spirit, recovering from a hat-trick of early bogeys to seize a share of the lead, whereas Syme briefly bought to 5 below earlier than dropping a shot at his closing gap, and Whitnell made 4 birdies and no bogeys.

Ewen Ferguson, Maximilian Kieffer, Eddie Pepperell, Marcus Armitage, Mikko Korhonen and Ivan Cantero Gutierrez had been one shot again in a tie for fourth.

Fichardt is on two below (T10) after a primary spherical that included 4 birdies and two bogies, with Louis de Jager on one below.

The day will reside lengthy within the reminiscence of David Howell, who turned simply the third participant to make 700 DP World Tour appearances.

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