England's Hatton shares lead at Wentworth
(Reuters) - Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, South African Justin Harding and Spaniard Adri Arnaus carded the opening laps with six under par 66 on Thursday to share the lead in the BMW PGA Championship.
World number 15 Hatton made five birdies and an eagle on the fourth hole of the par-5 to jump in front of the pack before Harding caught him with a clean round of six birdies.
Arnaus made his sixth win of the day on the 18th hole to join the pair at the top of the rankings in the flagship European Tour event at the Wentworth Club in Surrey.
"This is a tournament I've been going to since I was five," said Hatton.
"To get the trophy here is one of my career goals. Hopefully I can play well in the next few days and give myself the chance."
Harding was delighted to have a clean card on a test day because of the early rain.
"I played well ... had good control of my ball flight and irons. It was just about finding some fairways and seeing if I could give myself some chances on the greens," he said.
"I think anyone who tees it off knows the nature of the event and how important it is to the season."
Irishman Shane Lowry was in a group of four, including England's Eddie Pepperell and Matthew Fitzpatrick and Malaysia's Gavin Green, one shot behind the leaders.
The ninth American Patrick Reed, the leader in Race to Dubai, was relegated to 24th after a lap of 70, and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood carded a 71.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)
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