Play Halted Sergio Two Off Pace

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European TourMALLORCA, Spain -- Thursday's first round of the Mallorca Classic was halted by thunderstorms and play at Pula Golf Club was eventually suspended for the day.
 
The first round will resume Friday morning with the second round to follow.
 
Andrew McLardy and Gary Murphy both opened with rounds of 4-under-par 66 to share the top spot on the leaderboard. They were joined there by Richard Finch, who is minus-4 through six holes.
 
Englishmen Graeme Storm and James Hepworth both posted 67s and are among seven players tied for third. Joakim Backstrom also posted minus-3.
 
Those three were joined there by four players -- Luis Claverie, Emanuele Canonica, defending champion Niclas Fasth and Sam Little -- who are all in the middle of their opening rounds.
 
McLardy started on the back nine Thursday and parred his first 11 holes. He caught fire on the front nine with three straight birdies from the par-4 third.
 
The 33-year-old McLardy moved to minus-4 with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. He parred his final two holes. McLardy needs a solid finish to move into the top 60 on the Order of Merit and gain entry into next week's Volvo Masters.
 
'This is my 'mulligan' because I should have sealed my Volvo Masters place last week in Portugal,' said McLardy, who tied for 60th last week. 'I only needed 25th place, but shot a 76 in the final round and fell away. Today I started hitting the ball close, that gave me confidence and then I started putting well.'
 
Murphy also started his round on the 10th tee. He picked up his first birdie on the 11th, before running off seven consecutive pars.
 
Around the turn, Murphy birdied the first to move to two-under. He poured in back-to-back birdie putts from the third to grab a share of the lead. Murphy parred his last five holes to remain tied for the lead.
 
Finch also started on the 10th, but had more success on that side than his fellow leaders did. He opened with three straight birdies from the 10th. The Englishman birdied the 14th to grab a piece of the lead before play was stopped for the day.
 
Sergio Garcia, who hasn't finished outside the top two in the last three years here, opened with a 2-under-par 68. He shares 11th with Alastair Forsyth and Jyoti Randhawa, while six more players are at minus-2 in the middle of their opening rounds.
 
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