NAIROBI, Kenya — Benjamin Herbert shrugged off a bogey on his first gap to card a 7-under 64 for the first-round lead on the European Tour’s Kenya Open on Thursday.

The Frenchman adopted his slip at No. 1 with 4 birdies in his subsequent six holes at Karen Nation Membership in Nairobi to go one shot away from six gamers tied for second.

Herbert picked up six birdies in all and an eagle three on No. 12 to set the early tempo. He clinched the lead and broke away from an eight-man tie for the lead with a birdie on the final.

Adrian Meronk, Sam Horsfield, Raphael Jacquelin, Bernd Ritthammer, Kalle Samooja, Calum Hill and Connor Syme all shot 65s.

Herbert has by no means gained on the European Tour. He missed out in playoffs at three tournaments in 2019.

The Kenya Open is being performed for simply the second time on the tour. It made its debut in 2019 however was referred to as off final yr due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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