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Willett takes lead in PGA Championship

Englishman Danny Willett holds the outright lead after carding an opening round 65 in the PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Englishman Danny Willett holds the outright lead after carding an opening round 65 in the PGA Championship at Wentworth.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Danny Willett cards a six-under-par 65 to take the lead in the PGA Championship
  • The 22-year-old Englishman shoots nine birdies and three bogeys in his round
  • Willett holds a one-stroke advantage over Australia's Richard Green
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(CNN) -- Englishman Danny Willett carded a six-under-par round of 65 to take the lead after the first round of the European PGA Championship, at a remodelled Wentworth, on Thursday.

The 22-year-old former English amateur champion carded nine birdies, mixed with three bogeys, to hold a one-stroke advantage over Australia's Richard Green.

Compatriot Ross Fisher is one of four players on four-under-par while defending champion Paul Casey and world No.3 Lee Westwood both carded one-under rounds of 70.

Willett, the world number 128, has yet to finish in the top three of a European Tour event, but he told the official Tour Web site: "I just need to really concentrate on what I'm doing and hopefully the door and the opportunities will come up for me.

"I have changed my attitude a bit. It would be good to win but it is not a necessity this year. It will come soon if I keep playing good golf."

The Ernie Els-created course has come in for a bit of controversy this week, notably the 18th hole which now has a water hazard protecting the green.

And Els fell foul of his own creation when he put his second shot into the water for a final hole bogey, that left him on two-under-par.

Meanwhile, Green nearly took a share of the clubhouse lead after taming the 18th. The Australian's second shot soared over the brook on the par-five hole but he proceeded to miss the 15-foot eagle putt.