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Bradley Dredge & Peter Whiteford share lead

Bradley Dredge and Peter Whiteford upstaged some of the world’s top players to share the BMW International first-round lead at Eichenried on Thursday.

The British pair fired eight-under 64s, chalking up one eagle and six birdies on unblemished cards to leave the likes of Ernie Els, Paul Casey and Martin Kaymer trailing.

Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat, Argentine Ariel Canete, Jeppe Huldahl of Denmark and experienced Briton Phillip Price were in joint third place on 65.

World number eight Casey, playing alongside Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, was the best of the high profile players on 68.

Triple major winner Els went round in 70 and Kaymer, trying to capture the title for the second time in three years, returned a 71.

Twice tour winner Dredge has often shown signs of getting into the higher echelons of the rankings before falling short.

“You get the superstars on the European and American tours and probably about another 40 guys behind them trying to get where they are. I’m one of them,” the Welshman told reporters.

Whiteford has yet to win but Dredge’s fellow Welshman Price has three victories to his credit.

Sergio Garcia was unable to arrest his alarming form slump as he registered an unhappy 77.

Nick Faldo, who normally commentates on the Spaniard’s performances but is making a rare competitive outing this week, urged Garcia to make changes.

“He’s on a downward spiral and he has to try something different,” said Faldo after his 76.

Montgomerie started his campaign well with a 70.



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