DeChambeau shoots 6-under 66 to lead European Open

DeChambeau shoots 6-under 66 to lead European Open

DeChambeau shoots 6-under 66 to lead European Open

A morning charge by Patrick Reed has the Masters champion just two shots off the pace heading to the weekend of the European Open in Germany where Scott Hend remains the best of the Australians and on the edge of contention.

"It was a lot better compared to yesterday", said Reed, now second on the European money list.

DeChambeau, who plays with a full set of irons all of the exact same length, had seven birdies in all. "I didn't have my A-game but I was able to miss it in the proper shots and leave myself some easy shots, so when I missed the green I could get it up and down", DeChambeau said.

Starting at the 10th he carded four birdies in his opening nine holes and - although he dropped a shot at the par-four third - he produced three further birdies in his last six holes, including a brilliant approach to the 517-yard last with his third from behind a tree.

Three Frenchmen - Joel Stalter, Romain Wattel and Mike Lorenzo-Vera - were tied for second with home hope Benedict Staben on five-under.

"I was missing in the right places today".

World No.15 Casey briefly had a share of the lead at four under through nine holes, including an eagle on the par-five 18th, and a birdie at the last saw him bounce back from a double bogey at the short eighth.

"It wasn't my best form but I got it around, shot four under and I stay in the hunt".

Reed benefited from an improved display on the greens.

"The two birdies on the last two definitely made it feel a little better but I still feel there's a lot to be had out there on that golf course with just a minor tweak to the golf swing", Reed said.

The American had three birdies in all but dropped a shot on the par-5 No. 11.

"I think the main thing I've got to focus on is executing the right shots and making good decisions with the wind".

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