Bradley Dredge shot a four-uner 67 to take the lead after the first round at the French Open, which is being played at Le Golf National, host of November's Ryder Cup.
PARIS (AP) Bradley Dredge carded a 4-under 67 to lead by one shot after the opening round of the French Open on Thursday.
The Welsh player, who closed with a 66 at last week's BMW International Open, continued his good form with five birdies in windy conditions at Le Golf National, where the Ryder Cup will be played in September.
Two-time champion Graeme McDowell, a vice captain for the European team, and Andy Sullivan of England were both a shot off the lead.
McDowell had seven birdies and four bogeys, and Sullivan five and two. They are one clear of Robert Karlsson - another of Europe's vice captains - Thomas Pieters and Dean Burmester.
Justin Thomas of the United States, making his debut at the tournament, and Jon Rahm of Spain were in a group of eight tied for seventh, three shots off the lead. Thomas had a double-bogey on the fifth hole, and Rahm did the same on the 15th.
Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood is 3-over par.