COLOGNE, Germany – Soren Hansen of Denmark has shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Chris Wood of England after the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship.
Hansen had five birdies and an eagle on the 13th Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Wood. Hansen won the event at the Gut Laerchenhof course two years ago.
David Drysdale of Scotland, Ross Fisher of England, James Kingston of South Africa and Scott Strange of Australia were at 5-under.
The two highest-ranked golfers in the field of 78 – No. 6 Henrik Stenson and No. 10 Lee Westwood – were in a group of 15 at 70.
Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, who is without a top-10 finish since June last year, bogeyed the second and finished the day at 72.