DP World Tour news: Marcus Armitage sets course record at Mallorca Golf Open

England's Marcus Armitage blitzed his way through the opening round of the Mallorca Golf Open on Thursday, setting a new course record and leading the field by one stroke.

The Salford-born 35-year-old, 68th in the DP World Tour rankings, fired eight birdies in a bogey-free first round of 63 at Son Muntaner Golf Club in Palma.

Armitage, attached to Howley Hall Golf Club in Leeds, birdied the second, fifth, eighth and ninth holes to sit four-under after the outward nine and sank four more - at the 11th, 12th, 15th and 17th - on his way back in.

He sits one shot ahead of the Netherlands' Daan Huizing, who eagled the par-five 17th and birdied the last, and two ahead of Denmark's Rasmus Hojgaard, Austria's Lukas Nemecz and Spain's Alejandro Canizares, who all shot 65s.

Scottish pair Marc Warren and Connor Syme are tied in ninth, alongside last year's winner Jeff Winther and seven others, four shots off the lead after four-under-par rounds of 67.

England's Steven Brown is tied in 16th place after posting a three-under first-round score of 68.

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