Friday, 19 July 2002
England’s Iain Pyman took full advantage of kinder conditions and preferred lies to shoot a best-of-the-day 66 and lead the rain-delayed first round of the Golf Challenge at Brunstorf Golf and Country Club near Hamburg.

After yesterday's washout when not a shot was struck after heavy rain flooded six holes, conditions weren't much better but it didn’t seem to worry Pyman. Out early, the 29 year old had eight birdies on his card, four in a back nine of 32.

Lucas, 25, from the same Worksop stable as Lee Westwood, was another morning starter and didn't drop a shot while running in five birdies.

Parry, also out early, matched Lucas's birdie haul but found a bogey at the par four 11th to share third place with Finland's Jyry Peltomaki and Jean Pierre Cixous from France.

Peltomaki was in the same match as Parry and covered each nine in 34 strokes, securing three birdies on each half.

Cixous, also out early but from the tenth tee, was another to find six birdies and would have shared second spot with Lucas if he hadn’t dropped a shot at the ninth, his closing hole.

Two players returned three under par 69, England’s John Morgan and Graeme McDowell, the Walker Cup star from Northern Ireland, making his Challenge Tour debut.

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