August 31, 2017

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Callum Shinkwin shot an opening 6-under 66 Thursday to take the lead at the Czech Masters.

After finishing second last month at the Scottish Open - his best result on the European Tour so far - the 24-year-old Englishman opened with a birdie at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague.

Enjoying sunny conditions early in the day that changed to rain later, Shinkwin dropped one shot at the third hole and another on No. 14 but also added seven more birdies for a one-stroke lead.

Pontus Widegren of Sweden, South African Dylan Frittelli and another Englishman James Heath are all tied in second after carding 67.

Paul Peterson of the United States opened the defense of his title with a 3-under 69.

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