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Thursday, 09 May 2019
Hillside Golf Club  (Getty Images)
Hillside Golf Club (Getty Images)

The weather may have been wet and cold but spirits were not dampened and the golf was hot on day one the Betfred British Masters.

Here's all you need to know from Thursday at Hillside Golf Club.

Joy for Jordan

Matthew Jordan may not have been a big name in even the golfing world before Thursday but everybody knows his name now. Just eight months into his professional career and playing just his ninth European Tour event, the 23-year-old from Hoylake fired an incredible bogey free 63 to break the course record at Hillside and get to nine under. Matt Wallace and Marcus Kinhult were then at seven under, a shot clear of a group including former European Number Ones Robert Karlsson and Lee Westwood.

Host with the most

Tommy Fleetwood has been the perfect host off the course so far this week but he got to get down to business on Thursday. All the extra responsibilities that come with hosting an event did not seem to be any distraction for the World Number 16, who posted a 68 with the help of a brilliant par save on the first and a long eagle putt on the next. Justin Rose has the best finish of any host at this event so far after finishing eighth last season but Fleetwood could well be on course to better that.

On your marks, get set............

Fast starts were the order of the day as a host of players got off to a flier on the Merseyside coast. Richie Ramsay started birdie-eagle-birdie and Nacho Elvira made five gains in a row to get his round under way. That was no match for Westwood, however, who started with four birdies and then added two more on the sixth and seventh to be six under after seven holes.

Home heroes

Just four days after two home favourites finished in the top five at the Volvo China Open, the English were flying the flag on their own turf. As well as Jordan's remarkable 63 at the top of the leaderboard, Wallace was just two shots back, with Westwood at six under. Add Jack Singh Brar, Fleetwood, Ashley Chesters, Andrew Johnston, Ross Fisher and Jordan Smith within five shots of the lead, and nine of the top 19 were English. Since the event returned to the Race to Dubai in 2015 there have been two English winners and you'd be a brave person to bet against another this week.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KINHULT, MarcusSWE18-16
T2PEPPERELL, EddieENG18-15
T2MACINTYRE, RobertSCO18-15
T2WALLACE, MattENG18-15
5RAMSAY, RichieSCO18-12
T6WARING, PaulENG18-11

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