New Zealand’s Ryan Fox drives a ball from the second tee during the third round at the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Sunday, July 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super
July 30, 2015

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) Antonio Hortal of Spain carded a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead in the first round of the Madeira Islands Open on Thursday.

Hortal had a bogey on the second hole but made it up by hitting an eagle and eight birdies, including one on the 17th, to overtake countryman Nacho Elvira, whose 64 featured eight birdies.

Ryan Fox of New Zealand and Sebastian Gros of France tied for third on 65.

Scott Henry of Scotland, runner-up last year to Daniel Brooks of England in a playoff, was in a group of eight tied for fifth on 66.

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