PULHEIM, Germany — Marcus Fraser, of Australia, and Fabrizio Zanotti, of Paraguay, are tied for the lead after the opening round of the BMW International Open.
Fraser and Zanotti each had 8-under-par 64s at the Gut Larcenhof course outside Cologne on Thursday. Chris Wood, Danny Willett and Paul McGinley were next at 65.
Fraser birdied two of his opening three holes and five of his last six. It was his lowest score in 21 rounds at the prestigious German event.
John Daly rewarded one of the biggest galleries on the course with 4-under 68.
France’s Gregory Havret, South Africa’s Keith Horne, Sweden’s Pelle Edberg and India’s Shiv Kapur all shot 66s.
It was Fraser's lowest score in 21 rounds in the prestigious German event.
“It’s a great start and I just drove the ball really straight, missing just one fairway,” he said.
No Australian has won in Europe or the U.S. since August, when Adam Scott captured the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.
LPGA TOUR: In Waterloo, Ontario, Sandra Changkija birdied six of her final eight holes for a career-best 8-under-par 63 and a three-stroke lead during the suspended first round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Play was suspended at 4:20 p.m. because of the threat of lightning in the area, and called off for the rest of the day at 6:30 p.m. Seventy-two players were unable to finish the round.
Changkija, making her eighth start in her rookie season, parred her first six holes after beginning play on No. 10, then birdied Nos. 16 and 18. She birdied No. 2 and Nos. 4-8 for a front-nine 30 at Grey Silo.
Michelle Wie, trying to break out of a season-long slump, opened with 70.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Wichita, Kan., Casey Wittenberg shot 8-under-par 63 and holds a two-stroke lead over Kevin Johnson and Jason Gore in the Wichita Open.
Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 68. Augusta’s Scott Parel had 70.