There was a familiar ring about the opening round of the Daewoo Warsaw Open in Poland. Hennie Otto, Iain Pyman and Greig Hutcheon could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu.
Two weeks ago they were the leaders in the BMW Russian Open won by Pyman, then they were front-runners in the Formby Hall Challenge with Hutcheon finishing joint first.
This time Otto claimed the lead with a six-under-par 65, one ahead of his two rivals after a perfect summer's day at the First Warsaw Golf and Country Club.
Pyman was a morning starter and set the target with a bogey-free 66 that included three birdies and an eagle when he holed a 126-yard wedge at the par-four 11th.
"I'm surprised that I played so well because I'm buying a house and that has occupied all my time," said the 26-year-old from Leeds. "But I've been playing well since the Finnish Masters and a good finish this week should make sure of my card for next year."
Hutcheon was first out in the afternoon and matched Pyman with six birdies to continue his rich vein of form. "My form over the last few weeks is the best I've ever played," he said. "I am also putting well but I'm giving myself a lot of chances that I wasn't doing earlier in the year."
Pyman and Hutcheon looked like sharing the lead until Otto came in minutes later with his 65 which included four birdies and an eagle-three at the long ninth.
"I've played well since coming to Europe for the Russian Open and I just hope it continues," he said.
England's Richard Bland and Per Magnebrant from Sweden share fourth place on 68 while 30 players broke par.