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Erlandsson shoots 63 at Belfry to lead British Masters

SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Martin Erlandsson shot a
9-under 63 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the
British Masters.

The Swede leads Jarmo Sandelin and Richard Sterne by two
strokes.

"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
swing,"

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.

Other notable players in the field include Lee Westwood (68),
Colin Montgomerie (70), Paul McGinley (70), Robert Karlsson (71),
David Howell (72) and Darren Clarke (74).

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.