These three have five wins between them this season and fired rounds of 67 to get to -5 and lead the way from countryman Richard McEvoy, Swede Joakim Lagergren, American David Lipsky, France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera and another Frenchman in Alexander Levy, who had to complete the last on Friday after play was suspended due to darkness. Pepperell said after a round containing five birdies and two bogeys.
Tommy Fleetwood hit a 400-yard-plus drive that took a hard bounce and rolled on and on and over the green on a par-four hole en route to a share of the first round lead at the British Masters in Surrey on Thursday.
"I'm really excited because I do think I can really improve my long game over the weekend and if I can do that then I want to take the mindset of dominating the event, because why shouldn't I?"
"You have to play well here every day or at least get a round like today.it's what could end up winning me this golf tournament", Thomas said. 'It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me as a golfer and I'm going to use it to fuel the fire, ' he said. "If I can achieve that tomorrow, I'll be happy". "I remember at the Scottish Open feeling very comfortable on the Sunday. You know, it's about time I kicked on and won another event, I would say".
"The fans really do come out in force in the United Kingdom and support these events, and these are the types of atmospheres that the players really enjoy playing in front of". 'I guess people have different thresholds when it comes to mental fatigue and I'm sure I'll feel exhausted eventually, ' Fleetwood said. "I basically three-putted Nos".
Fleetwood has been a busy man since playing a major role in Europe's victory at the Ryder Cup in Paris 11 days ago.
British Open champion Molinari, who leads Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai points list, has been suffering from a back injury since he compiled a ideal 5-0 record in Europe's Ryder Cup triumph last month. I'm going to keep pushing.
It was not such a great day for tournament host Justin Rose, the world number two, who blamed poor putting for his 74.