CANNES, France (AP) _ Stephen Scahill of New Zealand took the first-round lead in the Cannes Open with a 4-under-par 67 Thursday.

Scahill had seven birdies in the round, his best-ever on the European Tour.

England's David Carter shot a 68 to share second placet. He was happy with his play but even happier to be playing.

Found unconscious in his hotel bedroom before the start of the Dubai Desert Classic in February, the 24-year-old had a brain operation that sidelined him for seven weeks.

``If nobody had found me in the hotel I would have been a goner,'' Carter said.

Carter shared second with former Ryder cup player Paul Broadhurst and Stuart Cage, both from England, and Rolf Muntz of the Netherlands.

Cage had a shot at the lead when he four-putted the 17th.