A final-hole birdie handed Gavin Green a one-shot lead after the first round of the D+D Real Czech Masters.
The Malaysian sunk home nine birdies on Thursday and only dropped one shot on his way to an eight-under 64 at Albatross Golf Resort.
That was enough to claim the outright lead and he will start Friday’s round just in front of South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen and England’s Lee Slattery.
Van Rooyen had originally set the clubhouse lead after a bogey-free 65 but it was Green that grabbed the advantage.
Callum Shinkwin and Edoardo Molinari are among a group of six players who sit on six-under par, while defending champion Andrea Pavan is four shots off the pace.
Green is hoping to become the first Malaysian to lift a European Tour trophy and he says he feels refreshed after taking a break after the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
I’ve been enjoying myself at home the last few weeks, eating a lot, sleeping a lot and driving my car – just being a regular person as opposed to practising all the time,
he told the European Tour.
I didn’t practise for two weeks so a complete shut down, just enjoying life.
I don’t know what it is about this place.
I think the course suits me well and it helps if you hit it a little longer and a little higher.
It helps to be able to stop the ball on the greens.
If you get a good drive away you just have a wedge in your hand and you can take advantage of that.
It was obviously a really good opening round, I just kept everything in play and hit a lot of shots close to the pins so I didn’t have a hard putt. I gave myself a lot of looks at birdies and thankfully it turned out okay.