Jonathan Caldwell leads the Irish challenge after the opening round of the British Masters, with the Co Down native sitting three shots off the lead on four under.

The 36-year-old carded a 67, including five birdies, with his only blemish coming with a bogey on the 11th hole.

That round keeps him within striking distance of Scotland's David Law who leads the way as the European Tour resumes in earnest.


Next best of the Irish after the opening round was Paul Dunne - a previous winner in 2017 - who marked his return following a lengthy injury absence with a level par round of 71.

Fellow Irish duo Cormac Sharvin and Gavin Moynihan both finished day one on two over.

But it's Law who enjoyed the most successful day, beginning his first round at Close House with five straight pars.

He then birdied the next five holes in a row, producing a brilliant up and down from thick rough to save par on the 11th and also birdied the 12th and 13th.

The resulting seven-under-par 64 left the 29-year-old from Aberdeen a shot ahead of Oliver Fisher, Garrick Porteous and Renato Paratore, with 2018 winner Eddie Pepperell among those two shots further back.

All players, caddies and officials were tested for coronavirus before travelling to the venue and again when arriving on site, with no reported positives so far.

Face masks are required indoors and social distancing measures observed. No spectators have been allowed on the course.