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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Chris Wood at the KLM Open  (Getty Images)
Chris Wood at the KLM Open (Getty Images)

Chris Wood was delighted to be back at The Dutch as he fired a bogey-free 65 on day one of the KLM Open.

The Englishman had set the target at six under in perfect conditions in the morning and only Wu Ashun could get past him in the afternoon.

Wood achieved his best result at this event last season as he finished in a tie for ninth and is going in search of European Tour title number four after twice being a runner-up in 2018.

“I finished in the top ten last year and I love this place so it’s great to come back,” he said.

“It was perfect out there this morning. The course is in such good condition and the greens are as good as any that we have played all year.

“When that is one of the best parts of your game it is great, especially when you get your eye in and knock a few in like I did today.

“I started to hit a lot of good shots over the back nine too and I gave myself a lot of chances - it was a nice day out there.

“Off the tee it is tough here. There is a little bit of room on some holes which helps me out as I’m not the straightest with the driver but there are a few drives here that you have to hit really well.

“That’s the key for me really, if I can put the ball on the fairway then my iron play, my wedge play and my putting is good enough.”

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WU, AshunCHN18-16
2WOOD, ChrisENG18-15
T3DETRY, ThomasBEL18-14
T3TANIHARA, HidetoJPN18-14
5HARRINGTON, PadraigIRL18-13
T6PEPPERELL, EddieENG18-12

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