Czechs see Goya strike early

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Argentina's Tano Goya shook up the Moravia Silesia Open today (Thursday) when he secured a one-shot lead in the opening round of the first European Tour event to be held in the Czech Republic for 12 years.

Goya signed for a seven-under 65 to sit alone atop the leaderboard, one ahead of the English pair of John Bickerton and Steve Webster.

Starting at the 10th, Goya collected four birdies and an eagle three at the 16th to reach the turn in just 30 shots.

The 21-year-old's solitary bogey of the day came at the second, his 11th, but two further birdies and five pars consolidated his position.

"If I can win again that would be great," said Goya, who claimed his maiden European Tour title at the Madeiria Islands Open in March.

"It's three days more to go. It's a long tournament still. I will try to do my best."

Webster and Bickerton remain hot on the leader's heels after both had seven birdies and a bogey during their respective rounds of 66.

A stroke furthe back at five-under is a three-man group containing Frenchman Francois Delamontagne, Robert Jan-Derksen of the Netherlands and Spain's Ignacio Garrido.

Another Spaniard, Miguel Angel Jimenez, playing the course he designed at the Prosper Golf Resort in Celadna, manged a one-under 71.

Jimenez's round contained a solitary birdie at the par-four fourth to go with 17 pars