Austrian Martin Wiegele, the number one player on the European Challenge Tour Rankings, put himself in pole position at the Open de Toulouse, with a brilliant, bogey-free, first round 64.
That leaves him on eight under par – one shot clear of Swede Joakim Kristiansson and the Dane Jan-Are Larsen after the first day's play at Golf de Toulouse Palmola, with a further seven players on six under and another ten tied for 11th place on minus five.
The 25 year old Wiegele has been one of the most consistent performers on the Challenge Tour this season, but has yet to register a victory on the Schedule. He is hoping to capture one of the remaining four titles before the end of the year.
“That was a very good start today,” said Wiegele, whose five top ten finishes – including three second places have taken to the top of the Challenge Tour tree with accumulated earnings of €83,109.
“I’m starting to get my confidence back again after working with my coach during my time off last week. I kept making the same mistakes with my long game because I wasn’t turning my shoulders properly, but I have seen an improvement in that, as well as my short game, and I can feel the good form coming back.
“I played well today, and to have no bogeys on the card is very pleasing for me.”
Conditions at the Par 72, 6732 yard venue were favourable - especially for those with an early first round tee time, who benefited from warm temperatures and benign wind conditions that became stronger as the day progressed.
Wiegele was among those early starters, and he got off to as good a start as he could have hoped for, registering six birdies and an eagle en route to his 64.
His playing partners – Sebastien Fernandez and Mark Mouland – were not far behind, with the Argentine scoring 66 and the Welshman a 67 to sit in the respective groups of players on six and five under par.