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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hutcheon Leads First Round




NAKHABINO, Moscow Region -- Scotland's Greig Hutcheon carded a 10-birdie 63 to lead after the first round of the sixth annual BMW Russian Open at the Moscow Country Club on Thursday.


The Russian Open plays through the weekend with the final round on Sunday at the Moscow Country Club in Nakhabino. More than 150 professional golfers from 28 countries have turned out for the event - the 18th this year on the PGA Challenge Tour.


Hutcheon held a three-shot lead for most of the day until Yorkshire's Lain Pyman came in with a bogey-free 64.


Grant Hamerton, who hit a 66 for third place, also kept a bogey off his card as he showed improved form with six birdies.


Among those who didn't break par in the first round was Justin Rose, fourth place runner-up at the 1998 British Open, who shot a 73 with a birdie-three at the 18th.


Also participating in the event are the 1996 and 1997 champions, Englishman Carl Watts and Italy's Michele Reale, as well as leading players from the Challenge Tour.


Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and constructed in the forested area of Nakhabino some 40 minutes from Moscow, the 7,000-yard, par 72 course provides a true challenge for even the best golfers.


Tee-off is at 7:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.


The Moscow Country Club is located in Nakhabino, near Krasnogorsk. Call 926-5925 for directions.