Wallace grabs clubhouse lead in Portugal

Matt Wallace leads the way on the opening day of the weather-affected Open de Portugal after a stunning 63.

Play was suspended at Morgado Golf Resort on Thursday evening due to thunder and lightning with close to half the field still on the course.

That left Wallace as the clubhouse leader on 10 under par after his fantastic round earlier in the day.

The Englishman made ten birdies – including five in a row from the 12th – in a flawless first-round performance.

Only Germany's Sebastian Heisele could get close to that mark, lying one shot back after a 64 that featured an eagle, nine birdies and two bogeys.

He was a full three strokes clear of the three players in a tie for third – Julian Suri, Paul Maddy and Jamie Rutherford.

Wallace is a newcomer to the European Tour, having earned his card last season by winning six Challenge Tour events.

He was understandably delighted with his performance on Thursday.

"It was a fantastic round really," he said.

"It wasn’t looking great at the start when the rain came in ten minutes before my tee time. Then it stopped just as we got on to the tee, so that was kind of a good omen.

"It was the old cliché. I just took one shot at a time and we had a really good day out there.

"Everything was working well to be honest. Everything clicked. I made two good par saves on the front nine to keep the momentum going.

"After that every hole was at least a birdie chance, so it was a really good day.

"It’s been a continuation of a good start to the season. I’ve enjoyed it, I love coming out here and playing and hopefully we can keep this going for the next three days."

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