England’s Daniel Brown leads the way in the ISPS HANDA World Invitational after firing a 7-under 64 at Castlerock, the lowest round in his DP World Tour career. His round featured an eagle at the par-5 15th, a bogey at the par-4 16th and six birdies.
"I felt like this week more than any other was important to get off to a good start with some bad weather forecast tomorrow. There’s going to be times where you're grinding it out and battling to make pars. I've given myself a nice little buffer really ahead of that challenge tomorrow.
"It's probably as good as I played all year. Tee to green and was really solid. Holed out nicely inside ten to 12 feet and the front nine wasn't too windy but then it really got up on the back nine.
"The round just kept on flowing even though the conditions got a bit tougher so it was positive after a good three or four weeks off in the schedule."
Italy's Gregorio De Leo eagled the par-5 18th at Galgorm and closed with a 65 for a share of second place at 5-under alongside England's Callan Barrow and Alex Fitzpatrick as well as India's Manu Gandas who shot 66s at Castlerock.