KLM Open: Sergio Garcia two shots back as Callum Shinkwin leads

Sergio Garcia made a bogey-free beginning to the KLM Open to get within two shots of their lead in Amsterdam.
The Masters winner published four birdies at a 68 to sit in the group four two strokes back and under from leader Callum Shinkwin.
Garcia, looking to join the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal since winners of this event, began on the back nine opened to reaching the turn.
Even the 15-time European Tour winner wrapped in a 15-footer at the eighth to close the gap and uttered a 30-footer in the par-four first to place a six-under 66 and top the leaderboard.
“Requirements got a small bit trickier within the previous six or seven holes, so that I was quite pleased with that,” Garcia said. “I’ll continue working hard like I’ve already been doing and hopefully I will have an opportunity this weekend.”
126th in the Rush to Dubai, shinkwin, reached the turn in 32 courtesy of an eagle, three birdies and a single dropped shot.
English trio Chris Paisley, Sam Horsfield and Matthew Southgate sit a shot off the pace on five under alongside Scotland’s Marc Warren, Denmark’s Nicolai Hojgaard along with also Malaysia’s Gavin Green, with one-time leader James Morrison in the team two off the pace with Garcia.
Defending champion Wu Ashun is about three below alongside house favourite Joost Luiten, who recovered from being three-over-par in the turn to get within three of their guide, while Patrick Reed submitted a level-par 72.
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