Matthew Fitzpatrick trails by four in Austria as Richard Finch battles

Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick got his first round in the Lyoness Open in Austria off to an excellent start with a birdie at the opening hole, one of three he recorded at the course’s four par-5 holes on the way to a 69.

Sheffield's Matthew Fitzpatrick (Picture: David J Phillip/AP).

He immediately repaired the damage caused by his only bogey of the day, at the 14th hole - and with interest - by birdieing the next two.

He trailed leader Gregory Bourdy, of France, by four on day one.

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Hull’s Richard Finch showed superb strength of mind to record four consecutive birdies from the 13th hole to card an opening 73.

Finch may well have been reeling after compounding a poor outward nine, which concluded with a double bogey at the ninth, with dropped shots at holes 10 and 12.

But the quartet of retrieved shots gives him a chance to go low today in a bid to make the weekend’s action.