Reeve Whitson opened with a 68 in Sotogrande.Reeve Whitson blasted a superb 68 to top the individual standings as Ireland’s four-man team took a five shot lead after the opening round of the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande.

Mourne player Whitson leads by three shots on four under par from Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy, Belgium’s Cedric Van Wassenhove, Dane Victor Fasmer Henum and Germany’s Dominic Foos as they carded one under 71s

Muskerry’s Niall Gorey posted a 73 to share eighth place which meant that Alan Dunbar’s six over 78 was non-counting in the team event where Ireland lead by five shots on 212 from Denmark (217) and by nine from France (223).

England are ninth on 227 with hosts Spain 12th (228), Wales 16th (236).

Team scores

Individual scores

Individual scores