O'Sullivan shoots his age to share lead with Martin

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Irish veteran Denis O'Sullivan achieved the rare tournament honour of shooting his age as he grabbed a share of the lead with Spain's Miguel Angel Martin on an eventful first day of the SSE Enterprise Wales Senior Open at Celtic Manor.

O'Sullivan fired no fewer than six birdies, including two in the last three holes, to reach three under par and the 67-year-old's total of 67 strokes was matched only by Martin (pictured above chipping on the 13th green).

A relative newcomer to the senior ranks at 53, Martin was giving up almost six inches in height to the 6ft 3in Irishman as well as 14 years of experience which have seen O'Sullivan amass six European Senior Tour titles. If he were to go on to chalk up a seventh, he would become only the second pensioner after Neil Coles to win a senior tour title.

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The leading pair (pictured in relaxed mood on the 12th tee, above) carved out a two-shot advantage over English trio Graeme Bell, Paul Wesselingh and Malcolm McKenzie who share joint third at one under. Welshmen Ian Woosnam and Mark Mouland were among eight players tied for sixth at level par as the Roman Road Course proved a gladiatorial challenge even when afternoon sunshine replaced a morning deluge which caused a two-and-a-half hour early delay.

Mouland

Mouland (pictured above) said: "It was mentally draining in that wind. I am absolutely shattered. It was tough, especially on the more exposed back nine, but level par is not far away."

Second round play starts at 8.00am on Saturday with the leading groups going out between 11.00am and 12 noon. Tickets priced £15 (adult) are available on the gate with children under-16 going free when accompanied by an adult.

Full scores and tee times here 


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