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Rumford holds early European Masters lead

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  • Brett Rumford holds one-stroke lead after first round of the European Masters
  • The 2007 champion cards a nine-under-par 62 despite two early dropped shots
  • 32-year-old Australian Rumford is leading Dutch Open champion Simon Dyson
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(CNN) -- Australian Brett Rumford, the 2007 champion, holds a one-shot lead after the first round of the European Masters at Crans-Sur-Sierre on Thursday after an impressive birdie blitz followed a nasty first hole incident.

Brett Rumford carded a nine-under-par 62 to lead the European Masters by one stroke.

Brett Rumford carded a nine-under-par 62 to lead the European Masters by one stroke.

The 32-year-old got off to a shaky start, hitting a lady spectator just above the eye with the opening drive of his round.

While she was taken away for treatment with blood streaming down her face, Rumford dropped shots on the fourth and fifth holes.

But then came a remarkable turnaround, with Rumford playing the remaining 13 holes in 11-under-par, with an eagle two on the driveable seventh, birdies at the sixth and ninth and then an inward 28 containing seven more birdies.

His 62 would have equalled the course record but for the fact that placing of the ball was allowed on the wet fairways.

"I got off to a shaky start in more ways than one," Rumford told reporters.

"It was not nice. You feel really bad for the lady, but there's really nothing you can do. I've not spoken to her yet and I didn't even see her at the time. It was her eyebrow I'm told -- if it had been her temple a couple of inches away it could have been really bad."

England's Simon Dyson, last month's Dutch Open champion, is a shot further back with Christian Nilsson, Alexander Noren, Andres Romero, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Danny Willett and Thongchai Jaidee all sharing third place -- three shots off the pace.

Both Thongchai and Dyson have previously won the Asian Tour Order of Merit, an appropriate statistic as this is the first ever event co-sanctioned by The European Tour and Asian Tour on European soil.

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