SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Martin Erlandsson shot a
9-under 63 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the
"I don't think I missed a single shot today," said Erlandsson,
who was 7 under on his final nine holes. "I was spot-on with my
Soren Kjeldsen (66) three-putted his final hole and was tied
fourth with Raphael Jacquelin. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland,
playing his first tournament as a professional, shot a bogey-free
69, including chip-ins at the 11th and 12th holes.
Erlandsson excelled on his second nine, starting with an eagle
at the long third hole where he chipped in from 20 feet. He birdied
the fourth and the last four holes.