Marshall three over in Wales

Andrew Marshall's bid to make only his second cut in seven European Tour events got off to disappointing start in the Celtic Manor Wales Open yesterday.

Andrew Marshall's bid to make only his second cut in seven European Tour events got off to disappointing start in the Celtic Manor Wales Open yesterday.

Seeking to bounce back after quickly falling by the wayside in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Norfolk professional finished well done the field after opening up with a three over par 72.

Marshall started poorly in the testing, blustery conditions and was three over at the turn. But he held things together well after that, stringing together seven straight pars before a bogey/birdie finish maintained the status quo.

The improvement left the Dereham player with a chance of making the cut, but he will need an improved round today if he is going to be around Newport over the coming weekend.

At the close of yesterday's play nine players shared the lead with a four under par round of 65.

Paul Broadhurst was among a contingent of four British players to occupy the top slot, which included Scottish trio Paul Lawrie, Steven O'Hara and Gary Orr.