Eddie Pepperell's 4 under gives Englishman lead at Spanish Open
MAY 15, 2014 3:18p ET
Eddie Pepperell of England shot a 4-under-par 68 for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Spanish Open on Thursday.
Garcia, coming off a third-place finish at the Players Championship at Sawgrass, shrugged off jet lag to put himself in contention for his second Spanish Open title -- 12 years after his first.
''The course is tough and the fairways are some of the tightest we have played all year," Garcia said.
A further eight players trailed Pepperell by two strokes, including former British Open champion Paul Lawrie, who was playing for the first time since January because of back and neck problems.