Turkish Airlines Open. Paul Dunne Leads Round 1.

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Paul Dunne of Ireland leads the Turkish Airlines Open after round 1 at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Turkey.Dunne leads the way in Turkey

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Paul fired a bogey free first round -7 under par 64 to lead the Turkish Airlines Open by one stroke, saying his ball striking is not the best, but he is good with the putter;

“I just haven’t been hitting the ball very well, my putting is okay, I kind of drove it the same but lost my iron play a little bit.”

“I just scrambled for par for three months, really.”

“It’s nice to see a bit of form, post a good score and get a bogey-free round on the card.”

“The holes I needed to hit a good shot on, I stepped up and hit a really straight one.”

Sharing second place at -6 under after first rounds of 65 are defending champion Justin Rose of EnglandThorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, and Padraig Harrington, Ireland.

Justin carded a spectacular hole-out Eagle on the par four 4th;

“I didn’t drive it particularly well today but my iron play was good.”

“I holed out on number four which got things going and made a birdie off the back of that and so three under through five, I felt like I was up and running.”

“That was a nice stroke of fortune I guess and really started the day nicely.”

Thorbjørn the 2016 champion here feels comfortable on the course, bogey free today;

“I think I feel comfortable on the golf course, I know I’ve hit a lot of good shots on this golf course and I can sort of take that with me.”

“I managed to hit a few today but a few bad ones too. It was just key to keep getting up and down.”

“The course is very scoreable when there’s no wind and the greens are pure. It was nice to have a clean card today.”

Padraig, a three time Major winner said it could have been better, with good putting;

“I’m going to take it and be happy with it, I missed a few putts coming home and had a few chances out there but any day you start off four under after five holes you might finish a little bit sour.”

“Sixty five is still a good strong score and it keeps me in the tournament.”

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