Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Paisley two off lead for England in New Orleans

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Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Paisley combined for an opening round of 62 to sit just two shots off the lead after day one of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The two-man team event saw the English duo playing in fourballs on Thursday and their 10 under par total put them into a share of third behind leading pairs Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover, and Xinjun Zhang and Zecheng Dou.

Fleetwood is the reigning Race to Dubai champion while Paisley claimed his first European Tour title earlier this year but both men are still waiting for their first professional wins in America.

Fleetwood birdied the fifth and ninth, Paisley made a gain on the sixth and both men birdied the second and seventh as they turned in 31.

It continued to be a real team effort on the back nine, with a Fleetwood birdie on the 12th sandwiched by Paisley gains on the tenth and 16th before Fleetwood completed a birdie-birdie finish.

“It’s been kind of the best start to the year I’ve ever had,” Paisley told pgatour.com. “It’s been amazing. Hopefully I can just kind of keep it going. Maybe get my card over here. That would be great.”

Former US Open champion Glover and fellow American Reavie made six birdies each in their 60 to sit alongside Chinese pair Zhang and Dou.

The Irish pair of Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington were at nine under, a shot clear of Scottish duo Russell Knox and Martin Laird.

The Ryder Cup pairing of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were at seven under alongside Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, and defending champions Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

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