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Austrian sets early pace at British Masters

Matthias Schwab, seeking to build on a recent string of top-10 results on European Tour, shoots 6-under 66 to lead at The Belfry

66: First-round score for Austria’s Matthias Schwab, who held a one-stroke lead Wednesday in the European Tour’s Betfred British Masters in Sutton Coldfield, England. Schwab, 26, of Austria, is looking for his first career victory after three consecutive top-10 results earlier this year. He has made 11 consecutive cuts, dating to November. “I don’t know exactly what I need to do to make these good weeks great weeks,” Schwab said, “because if I knew, I would have done that already, but it’s been a solid start to the season, with some really nice finishes. I couldn’t quite finish way up the leaderboard, but the top 10s are nice, and I’m just trying to do the same going forward, and hopefully it’ll just happen. I don’t think I need to change a whole lot, because the game is feeling really solid.” Starting on the back nine at The Belfry’s Brabazon Course, Schwab found some momentum with consecutive birdies on Nos. 16-18 to make the turn in 3 under. He added three more birdies on his homeward nine to complete a 6-under round. Schwab is in his fourth season on the European Tour after four seasons of college golf at Vanderbilt. Scotland’s Calum Hill held solo second at 67. American Julian Suri shot 68 and was among nine players tied for third. England’s Danny Willett, who is serving as tournament host, signed for a 69 and a share of 12th place. (For first-round scores, click here.)

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