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Broadhurst hits course record 62

Paul Broadhurst, of England, broke the course record with 62, Scotland's Raymond Russell had a 63 and seven other players shot 64 as the PGA European Tour golfers dominated the Nippenburg course in the first round of the Volvo German Open in Stuttgart yesterday.

Only recently Seve Ballesteros called for tougher courses on the European Tour and predicted that scores would be very low. The Nippenburg course was designed by Bernhard Langer and is 6,748 yards long.

Ballesteros shot a three-under-par 68, but admitted he had not played as well as he should. Of the 156-strong field, 94 broke 70, 112 beat the par of 71 and 128 played to par or better.