Ace Evans leads in Holland

Ben Evans leads the KLM Open in Holland after a six-under-par first round 65
Ben Evans leads the KLM Open in Holland after a six-under-par first round 65
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Golf star Ben Evans is top of the leaderboard midway through the first round of the latest European Tour event.

The Staplecross-based professional leads the KLM Open after carding a six-under-par 65 at The Dutch this morning (Thursday). Evans is a shot clear of no less than seven players who are tied second on five-under.

Starting at the 10th, Evans got off to a flyer with five birdies in his first six holes, including four in a row from the 12th. He made his only bogey of the day at the par four 17th, but hit back with two more birdies at the first and fourth before finishing with five straight pars.

It's a timely return to form for the 29-year-old, who has missed the cut in 10 of his 13 tournaments, during which time his best finish is tied 44th at the Made in Denmark event a fortnight ago.

Evans lies 143rd on the season-long Race to Dubai rankings and needs to climb up into the top 110 if he is to retain full playing privileges for next season. He therefore sorely needs to maintain today's form over the remaining three rounds tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

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