Cheshire’s David Horsey shot a course record 63 to claim the first-round lead at the Made in Denmark tournament in Farso.
Horsey carded seven birdies and an eagle in his eight-under-par round at the Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort to lead by one from Welshman Oliver Farr.
Scotland’s former Open champion Paul Lawrie was a shot further back on six under.
Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke, carded a two under par round of 69 that included seven birdies in total. Unfortunately, it also contained three bogeys and a double bogey.
Michael Hoey made a great start to his round and reached four under after six holes courtesy of two birdies and an eagle at the par five sixth.
Turning for home at four under par, the Belfast golfer couldn’t maintain his momentum and dropped four shots over his final six holes to finish the day on level par and in a tie for 68th.
Horsey, playing the back nine first, started superbly with an eagle at the 11th. Five successive birdies from the 13th took him to the turn in 28 - the lowest nine-hole total on the European Tour this year.
Another birdie at the second raised the prospect of a first 59 in the tour’s history but he bogeyed the fifth and then missed an eagle putt at the sixth.
He said; “It’s always fabulous to get off to a start like that. It was a little disappointing not to make a few more (birdies) on the front nine - my back nine - but eight-under 63 is a great score.
“The magic number (59) crept into my head going down the fourth.
“I wouldn’t say it affected me too much but I three-putted, then made a mess of the next hole.
“After that it was just about getting to my strategy and finishing strongly, and I managed to do that.”
Kevin Phelan finished the day at level par while Damien McGrane carded a one over par 73.
There’s a tasty all-Ulster battle in prospect this morning in the Irish Close Championship at Tramore GC with Jordan Hood (Galgorm) and Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) facing off the last 16.
Four Ulster players remain in contention with Hood and McLarnon joined by Warrrenpoint’s Jamie Fletcher and Ballyclare’s Simon McConnell.
Fletcher faces Marc Nolan (Delgany) this morning while McConnell (Ballyclare) is up against Alex Gleeson (Castle) who was a member of the Ireland squad that won the Home International crown last week at Royal Portrush.
Irish Close Championshipat Tramore GC
Hood v McLarnon; Nolan v Fletcher; Rafferty v Lenehan; Cannon v Smith; Dawson v Murray; Pierse v Mulligan; Shanahan v Holland; McConnell v Gleeson.