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Hedblom keeps European Tour hopes alive

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Sweden's Peter Hedblom kept his hopes of staying on the European Tour alive after taking a share of the lead at the Perth International.

Joining Hedblom at the top on four under at Lake Karrinyup are South Korea's Jin Jeong and Australian duo James Nitties and Clint Rice.

Hedblom needs a win to maintain his European Tour card and vowed to "go for everything" after his impressive start.

Jeong - who has lived in Australia for the past seven years - chipped in from long range on the 18th for a 68. He was just one of a handful to make birdie or better on the last hole, and also chipped in from the sand on the ninth.

"Luck definitely helped, but my putting was really good, so I'm quite happy with it," Jeong said. "This course suits my game really well."

The foursome are one stroke ahead of a large group at three under, which includes Dustin Johnson.

Johnson shrugged off a cold to hit six birdies, though successive bogeys midway through his round pegged him back.

"I'm feeling way better than I was. Just got a little bit of a cough," Johnson said. "I'm back to where I feel good enough to play good golf.

"The greens are really tricky. They are really firm and they are really fast, [so] you've got to be careful where you hit the ball on your second shots. You don't want any downhill putts because it's hard to stop the ball.

"If you miss the green on the wrong side, you're dead."

Bo Van Pelt, who played alongside Johnson, birdied two of his first six holes but stalled thereafter to finish with a 70.

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