Charles-Edouard Russo (Getty Images)
On resumption of the delayed first round this morning, Frenchman Charles-Edouard Russo and Chile’s Mark Tullo joined Finland’s Antti Ahokas and Australian Matthew Zions at the top of the ALLIANZ Golf Open Grand Toulouse leaderboard.
In an astonishing round of golf which featured just one par, at the second hole, Tullo carded no fewer than 13 birdies to finish on eight under par.
That saw the Chilean move to the head of affairs alongside Russo and overnight leaders Ahokas and Zions, who compiled their rounds of 64 in perfect playing conditions before lightning brought an abrupt halt to the opening day’s play at Golf de Toulouse-Seilh, in south west France.
Tullo, currently 39th in the Challenge Tour Rankings and therefore in need of a good week to cement his place in the season-ending Apulia San Domenico Grand Final, notched an incredible seven birdies on the front nine, with the one blemish coming at the seventh, which he double bogeyed.
A further six birdies on the back nine, including two when he returned this morning, were interspersed with three bogeys to bring his topsy-turvy round to a close.
Russo might have grabbed the outright lead had he taken his birdie chance on the final green this morning, but the putt slipped by and he had to content himself with a round of 64 which included 11 birdies.
Other players who returned to finish their rounds this morning include Welshman Sion E Bebb and Florian Fritsch, who both signed for rounds of 65 to take a share of fifth place on seven under par.
A top three finish this week would all but cement a return to The European Tour for Bebb, who currently sits 14th in the Rankings.
But more may be needed for Fritsch, who has gradually slipped down the Rankings since making an impressive start to his maiden Challenge Tour campaign.