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Veteran Haeggman shares lead in Madeira

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  • Joakim Haeggman and Damien McGrane share lead in Madeira Islands Open
  • The pair card five-under-par 66s to lead a group of three players by two strokes
  • Haeggman has not won on the European Tour since the 2004 Qatar Masters
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(CNN) -- Veteran Swede Joakim Haeggman carded a five-under-par 66 to share the lead with Irishman Damien McGrane after the opening round of the Madeira Islands Open at Porto Santo.

Haeggman rolled back the years to card a five-under-par opening round 66 in Madeira.

Haeggman rolled back the years to card a five-under-par opening round 66 in Madeira.

Former Ryder Cup star Haeggman, who appeared for Europe against the United States in 1993, rolled back the years with five birdies in six holes after the turn.

Haeggman, who has not won on the European Tour since victory in the 2004 Qatar Masters, is determined to do well this season after coming through qualifying school last November.

"This is still what I want to do," the 39-year-old told PA Sport. "I've been working hard like everybody else and now I've got my foot in the door I'm going to try to stick it in as hard as I can."

McGrane, winner of last year's China Open and one of the tournament favorites, holed a bunker shot on the last for his seventh birdie of the day and a tie for the lead.

"It was an extremely difficult bunker shot, but one of those rare things happened where not only did I put the ball on the green, but I managed to get it in the hole," said McGrane.

"It was a spectacular way to finish. I played really well all day -- my two bogeys were really down to the wind as opposed to bad shots."

Two strokes back in joint third are England's Andrew Butterfield, Spaniard Carl Suneson and Argentina's Estanislao Goya.

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