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Aussie Scrivener shares Morocco lead

Press AssociationPress Association 5/05/2016 By Phil Casey

Australia's Jason Scrivener, Italy's Francesco Laporta and France's Thomas Linard share the lead after the opening day of the Hassan Trophy as Morocco's Younes El Hassani gave the home fans something to cheer in Rabat.

Scrivener, Laporta and Linard all carded four-under-par rounds of 68 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam to finish a shot ahead of the chasing pack, which included world number 1,117 Hassani.

Hassani, whose only made cut in 17 appearances on the European Tour came at the same venue in 2010, carded three birdies and no bogeys in a flawless 69 to finish alongside Adrien Saddier, Tani Goya, Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Borja Virto Astudillo.

Scrivener carded five birdies and one bogey at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

Hassani, whose only made cut in 17 appearances on the European Tour came at the same venue in 2010, told Sky Sports: "I played good today. I hit a couple of fairways and when you do that it's easier on the second shot to hit the green.

"I also made a couple of (recovery) shots like Seve (Ballesteros) and made three birdies and no bogeys."

Spanish Open champion Andrew Johnston and France's Romain Wattel were two shots off the lead after opening rounds of 70, Johnston showing no signs of being affected by the celebrations which followed his maiden title at Valderrama last month.

The 27-year-old carded four birdies and two bogeys to finish a shot ahead of South Africa's Dean Burmester and France's Alexander Levy, who at 97th and 100th respectively are the only players in the world's top 100 in the field.

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