Open de France: Ryan Fox and George Coetzee tied at the top on day one

George Coetzee and ryan Fox equally fired six-under 65s to share the lead.
With tournament golf coming to Le Golf National for the first time since Europes memorable Ryder Cup victory 54 weeks ago, Fox and Coetzee finished day one using a one-shot lead above a group such as Richie Ramsay, however defending champion Alex Noren faces a battle to earn the cut after an erratic 72.
Coetzee made the most of the great scoring conditions from the first session, while he also defied the distraction of seeing playing-partner and 2012 winner Marcel Siem disqualify himself after the front nine when he was advised he would incur a 10-shot punishment for lifting and putting his ball twice, wrongly believing preferred lies were in operation.
The South African made three in a row from the sixth and birdied the first two holes, ahead of his only bogey of the day in 17 cost him the lead, and he picked up further shots at the 10th and 15th.
Jordan Smith appeared to exceed Coetzee after before mistakes hampered him melts the stretch, he birdied the first six holes and made yet another in 10, and Fox proved the only player in the subsequent starters to arrive at six under.
Fox, son of Blacks legend Grant, restricted a outward 31 with four birdies in five holes after hammering a birdie at 12 with his sole blemish at the next, he got back into a share of the lead with another good putt on the 16th green.
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The Kiwi gave a great chance of an eighth birdie of the round after he knocked his second to eight feet at the final to himself, but he let too much rest and had to settle for a tie at the top together with Coetzee.
Ramsay carded six birdies against just one dropped shot at his 66 that was strong as next season, he looks to cement his place in the 70-man area for its Turkish Airlines planted, the Scot arriving in Paris ranked 60th to Dubai in the Rush.
Ramsay shares third together with 2012, using Kurt Kitayama along with Benjamin Hebert Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts one farther back after the Belgian closed a 67 with his fifth birdie of the day in the run.
Smith was on 59 alert shortly after famous putting coach Phil Kenyon tweeted that he couldfloat the station nude to congratulate anyone breaking 60 at Le Golf National.
The Englishman was under after 10 and had five birdies within the previous eight holes to provide Kenyon a enormous predicament, but his challenge unravelled at the 13th since he ran a triple-bogey seven.
While Noren at least enjoyed a positive conclusion to a day on his own return to the scene of Europe win over Team USA last year, smith erred again in the 17th and parred the last to rounded off a disappointing 68.
Noren nailed the final putt of that contest from 50 ft to spark scenes of wild jubilation, but the Swede was far less sweet when he slipped to three around with five to play with before lifting his spirit when he pitched for a morale-boosting eagle at the long ninth.

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