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Gareth Maybin makes a bright start to the Nordea Masters in Sweden

Updated: Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:21 | Comments

Gareth Maybin has yet to win on the European Tour
Gareth Maybin has yet to win on the European Tour

Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin is one shot off the lead after the opening round of the Nordea Masters in Malmo.

Maybin registered six birdies and a bogey in his round of 67.

Jens Dantorp made full use of home advantage as he took a share of the lead on a congested leaderboard.

While most eyes were on fellow Swede and world number two Henrik Stenson, who was playing the event for the first time since 2011, Malmo native Dantorp fired a bogey-free 66 to share the lead with England's Eddie Pepperell.

"This is my home course so I try to play it as much as I can when I'm home," Dantorp told the European Tour's official website.

"I can't really explain how good the support I got today was.

"All my friends, all my buddies were here and there was so much applause. That was one of the biggest keys to my success today; it definitely helped me.

"Peter Hanson has helped me a lot. It's great to go to the States to see him over the winter when you can't practise here. He's been a great mentor to me and has helped me through things, so I feel more comfortable in situations such as this.

"This season has been solid. I've not quite had the results I would have wanted but it will come, I'm sure. It's all new to me so I'm taking it easy."

Stenson sat three shots behind following an opening 69 to leave him alongside Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez whose recent good form has catapulted him to the brink of Ryder Cup qualification at the age of 50.

Dantorp began his round on the back nine and birdied 11 and 12 before picking up further shots on 16 and 18 to reach the turn in 32.

More birdies followed on one and six to put the 25-year-old at the top of the leaderboard alongside Pepperell who birdied his final two holes to complete a 66 containing a single dropped shot.

Maybin, Stephen Gallacher, Daan Huizing, Sebastian Soderberg and Rikard Karlberg were one shot further back on five under.

In-form Offaly man Shane Lowry was a further shot back on four under.

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