European Masters: Danny Willett a shot behind leaders after opening round

Danny Willett
Willett won the his first major at the Masters in April
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-6 Peterson (US), Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), Havret (Fra), Brooks (Eng) -5 Hansen (Den), Hend (Aus), Quesne (Fra), Li (Chn), Morrison (Eng), Willett (Eng), Fraser (Aus), Green (Aus), Johnston (Eng)
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Defending champion Danny Willett carded a five-under-par 65 to sit a shot behind the leaders after the opening round of the European Masters.

The Masters champion is in a nine-way tie for fifth after finishing with an eagle at Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

Fellow Englishman Daniel Brooks shares a four-way tie for the lead.

Willett will play in the Ryder Cup, which starts on 30 September, along with European team-mates Andy Sullivan and Matt Fitzpatrick, who struggled.

Sullivan finished on four-over with Fitzpatrick a shot back, while fellow Englishmen James Morrison and Andrew Johnston are tied for second with Willett.

Willett, 28, won his first major at Augusta in April but has since finished no higher than 37th place at the US Open, The Open Championship, the US PGA Championship and the Rio Olympics.

The European Masters is one of a handful of tournaments before the Ryder Cup begins at Hazeltine in the United States.

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