Porsche European Open: England’s Paul Casey leads after day one in Germany

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England's Paul Casey retains a one-shot lead after the first day of the Porsche European Open in Hamburg, Germany.

Even though suffering with illness in humid and wet conditions, Casey, 42, taken a 66, such as birdies on the 13th and 14th holes.

The Matthias Schwab of austria is below, together with England's Ben Stow, Germany's Max Rottluff and Scotland's Robert MacIntyre .

"That's among the finest rounds I have played this season," said Casey.

"A couple of putts dropped by but it's such a difficult golf course.

I was pleased with the patience I showed and the score doesn't do it justice.

"I would have been happy to be under par, never mind .

I am not feeling great, but it is what it is - beware that the ill golfer.

" Casey, who was afflicted by a sore throat, has won 13 times but is aiming to get his first success.

Even though dropping three shots in his final eight holes former Masters champion Patrick Reed had to birdie the last three holes to shoot at a two-over-par 74, while world number nine Xander Schauffele was one shot off.

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