The recent winner of The Memorial tournament on the PGA Tour signed for an impressive 6-under 66 at the Porsche European Open but holds just a one stroke lead over a group of four players.
Hend and Dodt are part of a 10 way tie for sixth place at 4-under on a packed leaderboard which sees 62 players within five shots of the lead.
Dodt posted six birdies against a double bogey and a bogey for his 68 while Hend was more orthodox with five birdies against a lone dropped shot.
Just three Australians are in red figures after the first 18 holes, Harrison Endycott at 1-under in his debut on European soil as a professional.
The former top amateur from Sydney plies his trade predominantly on the PGA Tour’s Latin America circuit but is making the most of a sponsor’s invitation this week.
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Five birdies were offset by four bogeys around the Green Eagles course in Hamburg but at 1-under Endycott is In good position to play the weekend.
Jack Munro (E), Nick Cullen (+1) and Lucas Herbert (+3) are the other Australians in the field and all will need to improve Friday if they are to play the weekend.
Out early off the 10th tee DeChambeau started fast with a birdie at his second hole of the day and four in total over the opening nine.
A mis-step at the third, his 12th, was quickly erased with back to back gains and a seventh and final birdie of the day at the 9th was a positive note to finish on.
“It was fun to get out there and shoot a good score on the European Tour,” DeChambeau said after his round. “I haven’t done that yet out here so I’m very pleased with it and ready to get after it tomorrow.
“It’s been great this week, I love it here. The food’s fantastic, the people are great and the golf course is beautiful.”
The unorthodox American said he was particularly pleased with his course management on a day when he didn’r feel his swing was at its best.
“I was missing in the right places today. I didn’t have my best stuff,” he said.
“I didn’t have my A-game but I was able to miss it in the proper spots and leave myself some easy shots, so when I missed the green I could get it up and down.
“I think the course will change because of the heat and the weather and we’ll have to adapt over the next couple of days with the course.
“If I can do that and make some good putts I’ll be right there at the end of the week.”
Masters champion Patrick Reed, who is also a member of the European Tour, shot a 2-under 70 to be in a share of 27th.
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