Hansen leads tight pack at Mercedes-Benz

Soren Hansen

Soren Hansen

COLOGNE, Germany — Soren Hansen of Denmark shot 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Chris Wood of England after the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Hansen had five birdies and an eagle. He won this event two years ago at the Gut Larchenhof course.

David Drysdale of Scotland, Ross Fisher of England, James Kingston of South Africa and Scott Strange of Australia were at 67.

The two highest-ranked golfers in the field of 78 — No. 6 Henrik Stenson and No. 10 Lee Westwood — were in a group of 15 at 70.

Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, who is without a top-10 finish since June 2008, shot 72.

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