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England's Fleetwood, Denmark's Madsen share lead in Madeira

CBSSports.com wire reports

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands -- Tommy Fleetwood of England and Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark both shot 6-under 66s on Thursday to share the lead in the first round of the Madeira Islands Open.

Madeira Islands Open

Fleetwood made seven birdies and one bogey on the mountainous Santo de Serra course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

"Anytime you shoot a 66 is good and the course was very much for the taking this morning," Fleetwood said. "You shouldn't get conditions any better than that as there was no wind, and it was the best chance of scoring well you could get."

Madsen is a former prolific amateur who turned pro last year with a handicap of plus four and plays at the same Sikelborg club as boyhood idol, Thomas Bjorn.

"Thomas has long been a great inspiration to me and everyone in Denmark as well as Scandinavia, and I've been fortunate to speak with him on a number of time as Sikelborg is our home club," Madsen said. "My game was just very good today and it was a perfect morning for scoring, so it was very, very enjoyable."

Five players are at 5 under: Colm Moriarty of Ireland, English pair Matthew Baldwin and Charlie Ford, Denmark's Andreas Hato and Hans Peter Bacher of Austria.

Last year, Fleetwood became the youngest player to win on the secondary Challenge Tour in capturing the Kazakhstan Open at 20. The victory in Almaty helped him finish top of the money list to secure his full European Tour card.

The Englishman shot an 80 in the opening round of the Spanish Open last week in Seville, making Thursday's effort a turnaround of 14 shots.

"You couldn't get more opposite displays comparing last week's first round with this first round," he said. "It just shows you how fickle this game can be because I just played so well today and hit everything close."

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