|Open de France first round clubhouse leaders|
|-5 A Bjork (Swe), N Kimsey (Eng); -4 T Fleetwood (Eng), P Uihlein (US)|
|Selected others: -2 B Dredge (Wal), M Kaymer (Ger), G McDowell (NI), C Shinkwin (Eng)|
England’s Tommy Fleetwood continued his good recent form with an opening round of 67 at the Open de France.
The 26-year-old carded four birdies to sit a shot behind clubhouse leaders fellow Englishman Nathan Kimsey and Sweden’s Alexander Bjork in Paris.
Kimsey recovered from a bogey on his opening hole to card five birdies in the next six on his way to 66.
Former champions Martin Kaymer and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell are three off the pace after rounds of 69.
Southport’s Fleetwood earned his second European Tour title at January’s Abu Dhabi Championship and came fourth at this month’s US Open.
“It’s brilliant, I played lovely,” he said after Thursday’s four-under-par.
“When you are playing really well and hitting the spots you want to hit you feel like you can make a score.
“But it’s one of those courses where it’s so difficult that I was lucky I didn’t really get out of position all day, and you have to make the most of it.”