WALTON HEATH, England (AP) – Eddie Pepperell recorded a hole-in-one on the road to claim a share of the lead at 5-under 67 after the first round of the British Masters on Thursday, while the host of the tournament Justin Rose fought to reach a 74.
English teammates Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace also shot 67 on a windy day in the Walton Heath field outside London.
The first hole in one of Pepperell's career came in spectacular style as his 5-iron 172 yards in the ninth hit the bottom of the flag and bounced in the air away from the hole before turning back on Cup.
"It was a strange shot from where I was standing," he said. "I played horrible at Pro-Am on Wednesday, probably the worst I've had in a long time, and I would not say I played very well today, but … it's great to be on top with Matt and Tommy."  Pepperell had an excellent race around the turn because he also had an eagle in the eleventh and little birds in the seventh and tenth.
The Fleetwood round was not without incident, its only bogey came after a missed start in par 3 The number 17 ended up in a cup holder in a stroller on the left side of the green.
"I'm still not sure how he got there," said Fleetwood, who outlasted his Ryder Cup teammate and teammate Francesco Molinari by six strokes. . "Luckily, the beer did not enter the other cup holder because it would have ruined a drink and the golf ball."
Wallace had set the goal of the clubhouse earlier in the day, while looking for a fifth victory in his 50th. Start of the European Tour, and fourth victory of the season.
Rose, who started her round in the 10th, came out in 37 before mixing four bogeys on her back nine with three birdies.