Turkish Airlines Open. George Coetzee Leads.

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George Coetzee, from South Africa, leads the Turkish Airlines Open after the 1st round at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

Turkish Airlines Open

George Coetzee / getty

George carded -7 under par 64 to lead the Turkish Airlines Open, in a welcome return to some form;

“I’ve been missing a lot of cuts, I was really lucky to get into this event this week and I’m just trying to make the most of it.”

“I’ve actually been playing better the last three or four weeks. The swing started to click a couple of weeks ago and I started shooting better scores and hitting better shots and it was just a question of putting everything together.”

“I’ve been excited in the build up to this week, I’m just happy with the way things are going in my game and mentally and obviously it shows on the golf course.”

“I’m playing better, I’m in a better mood. I wasn’t expecting to shoot 64 but I’m really happy with it.”

Thorbjørn Olesen, from Denmark, is in second place after his opening round -6 under par 65.

Jorge Campillo, Spain,  Li Haotong, China,  Matteo Manassero, Italy and  Bernd Wiesberger,  Austria,  are all sharing third place at -5 under par.

Jorge had a hole in one on the par three 14th;

“I’ve had seven or eight holes-in-one but it’s my second on the European Tour.”

“I never saw it going in, a few people clapped but I didn’t know if the ball was in or not, obviously when I walked up there it was in.”

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