Zions' 65 grabs first-round lead in Valle Romano Open

Updated: May 10, 2007, 6:16 PM ET
Associated Press

MARBELLA, Spain -- Australia's Matthew Zions shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Valle Romano Open of Andalucia.

The 28-year-old Zions, based in Denver, had eight birdies and a bogey on the Aloha Golf Club course.

"I putted well, something I hadn't done recently," Zions said.

Spain's Alejandro Canizares opened with a 66.

Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, coming off a playoff victory Sunday in the rain-shortened Italian Open, was another stroke back at 67 along with England's Chris Gane and Gary Lockerbie, Sweden's Joakim Haeggman and South Africa's Louis Oosterhuizen.

Fernandez-Castano is teaming with fellow Spanish star Miguel Angel Jimenez to promote the first-year event. Jimenez shot a 72.

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