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Manassero recovers from US Open battering in Amsterdam

Matteo Manassero has recovered from being "beaten up" at the US Open to claim a share of the lead in the first round of the Dutch Open.

Manassero came through a 36-hole qualifier to take his place in the field at Pinehurst last week, his first US Open since 2016 and a first major appearance since that year's British Open Championship.

And although it proved an unhappy return to the game's biggest events for the 31-year-old Italian, he bounced straight back on Thursday with an opening seven-under-par 64 at The International course in Amsterdam to share top spot with Finland's Mikko Korhonen.

"On the weekend I was tired even though I didn't play," said Manassero, who carded a triple-bogey eight on his opening hole at Pinehurst and went on to miss the cut following rounds of 79 and 75.

"It's stressful in a good way because you put a lot of energy in to prepare for a US Open and then it beats you up and then you kind of have a drop in adrenaline.

"I was a little tired, but I'm really happy to be playing and glad I that I have tournaments coming up to be honest. The US Open was a really tough experience, but you need to take it for what it is and reset."

Manassero certainly did that as he carded seven birdies and no bogeys in pursuit of a sixth European title, his fifth coming in March after a gap of almost 11 years.

"It was very, very satisfying," Manassero said. "It's a tough course so you need to earn a round like this round here and it was nice.

"It was a goal to win again, but not necessarily a short-term goal. I wanted to do well, be myself on Tour again after going through different changes.

"My goal was that and then I was going to see what results come and I've been really satisfied with those."

Korhonen made a hole-in-one on the fourth - his 13th hole of the day - and also recorded six birdies, the last two coming on the eighth and ninth, to join Manassero at the top of the leaderboard.

The Australian challenge began in mediocre fashion, with Andrew Martin leading the way in joint 63rd place with his level-par 71. Thomas Power Horan went round in 73, with Haydn Barron opening up with a 75 and David Micheluzzi a calamitous 10-over 81.