European Tour

Paratore, Orrin share Nordea Masters lead

Renato Paratore (Getty Images)
Renato Paratore (Getty Images)

Malmo - Renato Paratore of Italy shared the lead with England's Max Orrin after the opening round of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Paratore shot a 5-under 68 on the Barseback Golf and Country Club course, while Orrin had to cope with windy conditions on the back nine to match the Italian's round.

"I managed to put a good score together in the end, so I'm very happy with that," Orrin said.

Welshmen Jamie Donaldson and Bradley Dredge were 4 under, one shot clear of a trio comprising Frenchman Benjamin Hebert, England's Eddie Pepperell and China's Li Haotong.

Local favourites Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren made poor starts, carding 73 and a 2-over 75 respectively.

Noren, a two-time winner of the event and who Sunday won the BMW PGA Championship, said Thursday's start had been "quite difficult."

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
44% - 5846 votes
Cricket
11% - 1449 votes
Football
19% - 2465 votes
Athletics
2% - 303 votes
Boxing
1% - 123 votes
Cycling
2% - 302 votes
Golf
5% - 646 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1073 votes
Tennis
3% - 415 votes
Water sports
1% - 118 votes
American sports
1% - 128 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 378 votes
Vote