Euro Tour. M2M Russian Open. Round 1,Three Tied at the Top. July 25 2013

Simon Dyson, Liang Wen-chong and Rikard Karlberg are the tree players who are tied at the top after first round of the M2M Russian Open at the Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club, near Moscow. Simon Dyson  (Getty Images) Simon Dyson / Getty Images Simon shot a flawless bogey free first round of -5 under par of 67. Wen-chong had one bogey while Rikard managed two bogey's, as the trio topped the leaderboard at the conclusion of the first round of the M2M Russian Open. Simon admitted that effort was the best he had played for a while, he has not won since 2011; " That was as good as I have played for a long, long time, I missed one fairway and that was by a yard and then just hit so many quality iron shots. It was coming straight out of the middle of the club face all day, and when you are hitting it like that then you just have to enjoy and try to take as many chances as you can. I don't want to say I am disappointed with five under because you can never be too disappointed with that, but it could have been a lot better because I missed a few real good birdie chances and left a few shots out there today. But, as I said, I am not going to get too down on myself because I played so well out there today and I just can't wait to get back out there now because I am feeling good. I don't think being the favourite to win the tournament has any effect on me, I had loads of people from back home texting and ringing me to say I was the favourite so I was aware of that before I teed off today and it certainly didn't have a bad effect. I quite like the idea of being the one everyone thinks will win the tournament actually, it is certainly the first time that has ever happened in my career!" Rikard was pretty happy with his opening round, but not so happy with the two bogey's; "It was really good today and a great start for me, It wasn't the best start to the round with two bogeys in the first two holes, but I managed to get things back pretty quickly and went on a great run near the turn and managed to turn it around. The eagle was the highlight of the day for me. I actually hit the drive a little too far to the right and then was thinking of hitting three wood at the green, but I knew if I hit it right then I wouldn't have a chance to hold the ball on the green. So I decided to lay up to give myself a good yardage which I did and then hit a perfect wedge that landed four metres behind the pin and spun back into the hole. It was one of those sexy ones that you just love to see going in!" Wen-chong, who carded just one bogey, said it was just a beautiful course; " I played really nicely today and hit the ball in very close to a lot of pins so had some fairly easy birdies. It is a very beautiful course, and that stretch of three holes from 11 to 13 are just so beautiful, they are three of the best holes we will play on Tour this year." Matthew Baldwin, James Morrison, Javier Colomo and  Alessandro Tadini all went round in -4 under par, 68 to lie just one shot off the lead.