Grenier sets the pace in Bad Ragaz

01/07/2011 12:03:30
Claude Grenier  (Getty Images)
Claude Grenier (Getty Images)

Austrian Claude Grenier made a flying start to the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland, carding a six under par 64 to lead by one shot.

The 51 year old had a run of three birdies from the second hole, and picked up another shot at the eighth having bogeyed the par four seventh. More birdies followed at the tenth, 12th and 15th to establish a narrow lead over Scotsman Fraser Mann, who opened with a 65.

“I played very solid from tee to green,” said Grenier, who has recently taken up Affiliate Membership of the Senior Tour. “I putted very nicely and didn’t make many mistakes – and the mistakes I did make I was able to recover from well.

“I only had 24 putts and I’m just enjoying it while it lasts. Tomorrow is another day.

“I’m usually a club pro in Austria, at a club just south of Vienna, so it’s a nice change to be playing a tournament.”

Carl Mason, who has taken the title three times in the past four seasons, was one under after three holes.