Sordet shoots 8-under 62 to lead in Sweden

              Clement Sordet of France watches his bunker shot on 18th hole during the first round of Nordea Masters at Hills Golf Club, Gothenburg, Sweden, Thursday Aug. 16, 2018. (Anders Wiklund/TT via AP)

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says “I wasn’t really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.”

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore’s hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.