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European Open 2016: Thursday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2016

PASSAU, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Bernd Wiesberger of Austria hits a shot during a clinic prior to the start of  The Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach on September 21, 2016 in Passau, Germany.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Bernd Wiesberger played a blistering round of eight-under to take the lead on the first day of golf's European Open on Thursday, as play was delayed due to heavy fog for more than three hours in Bad Griesbach, Germany.

The final groups of the day couldn't tee off until well past 5 p.m. local time, but conditions improved during the day, with the greens playing remarkably fast.

Wiesberger leads Renato Paratore by two shots, with several players, including Lucas Bjerregaard, tied for third at five-under. Here's a look at the leaderboard after Thursday's action:

European Open Leaderboard
Pos.PlayerTo ParThursday Score
1Bernd Wiesberger-863
2Renato Paratore-665
T3Daniel Im-566
T3Steve Webster-566
T3Michael Jonzon-566
T3Lucas Bjerregaard-566
T3Matthew Southgate*-5-
T8Michael Hoey-467
T8Graeme Storm-467
T8Nicolo Ravano-467
Europeantour.com

For the full leaderboard, visit the European Tour's official website.

Recap

As you can see in the short video below, courtesy of the European Tour's official Twitter account, heavy fog prevented the competition from kicking off on time on Thursday:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

The start of play has been suspended due to fog. ⬇️ #EOGolf https://t.co/9EJOhsXsQd

Tommy Fleetwood shared this shot of Matthew Baldwin waiting for his chance to compete:

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Don't look too excited that play is starting in 10 mins @mattbaldwin26 @EuropeanTour #EOGolf https://t.co/NpuVIBJbFy

Wiesberger didn't let the delay get the better of him, however, as he started the day in excellent fashion with three birdies on his first four holes. The Austrian was flawless on the back nine, and while a double bogey to start the front nine brought his score down significantly, a beautiful eagle-birdie finish saw him end the round with a score of eight-under 63.

He fluffed his one sand save and only converted one of his two scrambles, but Wiesberger's short game was on point, and he needed just 27 putts to complete his round.

The European Tour shared some of his top highlights:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Wiesberger's opening 63 in 120 seconds. #EOGolf https://t.co/OV1PoWw2tU

Paratore trails the Austrian star by two shots after a birdie-eagle combination of his own, on the ninth and 10th holes, and the Italian also doubled one of his holes on Thursday.

The young talent, who already has a seventh-placed finish at the Omega European Masters under his belt, was flawless with his sand saves and missed just one of his scrambles, making up for some minor struggles from the tee.

His ability with the putter stood out, as he needed just 25 to get through the course, but he'll have to do better with his setup play.

PASSAU, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Renato Paratore of Italy looks on during day one of the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach on September 22, 2016 in Passau, Germany.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Bjerregaard started on the front nine and appeared to be on his way to the top spot after recording five birdies with no faults before the turn, but the Dane's luck changed with bogeys on the 10th and final hole, leading to a score of five-under.

The 25-year-old has only finished inside the top 20 once on the European Tour this year, but Thursday's round was encouraging. His scrambles need some work―he converted just 33 percent―but he was solid from the tee and on the greens, setting himself up well for the second round.

The same goes for Steve Webster, who dropped just a single shot, and Daniel Im, who also finished five under after a great showing with his putter. Bradley Dredge picked up three bogeys on his way to a score of three-under, and Scott Jamieson signed off for the same score.  

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