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Harding, Higgo, Burmester and Lombard just off the pace after Gran Canaria opening round

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Four golfers lead the European Tour's Gran Canaria Open after the first round on Thursday with a pack of South African's hot on their heels.

Robin Roussel (FRA), Maximilian Kieffer (GER), Joost Luiten (NED) and  Joachim B. Hansen (DEN) all shot seven-under 63's at the Meloneras Golf Course that saw a host of low scores as 107 players shot below par for the round.

Four South Africans find themselves in the hunt after Thursday's opening round with Garrick Higgo, Justin Harding, Dean Burmester all shooting 65's while Zander Lombard shot a 66 to be three off the pace.

Denmark's Hansen, who produced a hole-in-one on the 14th was more than happy with is start.

"Seven under is a good score. I played pretty good and gave myself quite a few chances and made some nice putts coming down the stretch. It’s a good start and we’ll see what tomorrow brings."

Speaking of the hole-in-one, Hansen said: "It was a perfect number for me to hit a wedge," he said. "It’s tucked just over the bunker but you can use the slope, right to left, I pitched it on the slope with a bit of spin and it went in. It’s one of these bonus things that happens sometimes, it’s always nice to make a hole-in-one."

Leading scores in the European Tour's Gran Canaria Open at Meloneras Golf, Gran Canaria, Spain on Thursday (GBR/IRL unless stated; par 70):

63 - Robin Roussel (FRA), Maximilian Kieffer (GER), Joost Luiten (NED), Joachim B. Hansen (DEN)

64 - Wil Besseling (NED), Scott Jamieson, Richard Bland, Matt Ford, Julian Suri (USA), Ben Evans, Alejandro Del Rey (ESP)

65 - Thorbjoern Olesen (DEN), Rhys Enoch, Rafael Cabrera (ESP), Oliver Wilson, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (FRA), Matthias Schwab (AUT), Justin Harding (RSA), Jamie Donaldson, Gregory Havret (FRA), Garrick Higgo (RSA), Eddie Pepperell, Dean Burmester (RSA), Clement Sordet (FRA)

66 - Zander Lombard (RSA), Pablo Larrazabal (ESP), Niall Kearney, Max Schmitt (GER), Maverick Antcliff (AUS), Matthieu Pavon (FRA), Lars van Meijel (NED), Jake McLeod (AUS), Jack Senior, Francesco Laporta (ITA), Darius van Driel (NED), Borja Virto (ESP), Benjamin Poke (DEN), Antoine Rozner (FRA), Ajeetesh Sandhu (IND)

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