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Wiesberger leads European Open

Press AssociationPress Association 22/09/2016 By Phil Casey

Bernd Wiesberger has set the clubhouse lead on a weather-affected opening day of the Porsche European Open.

After the start of play was delayed by three hours and 25 minutes due to fog, Wiesberger carded a superb eight-under-par 63 to claim a two-shot lead over Italy's Renato Paratore, with half the field unable to complete their rounds before darkness fell.

Wiesberger held a share of the lead in the same event 12 months ago after an opening 64, but then carded a second round of 76 to amazingly miss the halfway cut.

"I started 64 last year and desperately wanted to make that (birdie) putt on the last to not make too many memories come up," admitted the 30-year-old, whose second place in the KLM Open a fortnight ago was only his third top-10 finish of the season.

"But tomorrow I'm thinking more about what happened today and am going to keep pushing and try to play the game I've played today.

"What happened a year ago was funny at the time, or not funny right after the round but it was a weird week and I pretty much know I'm not going to repeat that tomorrow.

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