Martin Kaymer continued a brilliant return to competitive golf when he completed an opening 63 at the CASTELLÓ MASTERS Costa Azahar and shared the lead with Sergio Garcia.
The 24 year old German has not played since breaking toes in a go-kart crash in August - and only began full practice when he arrived in Spain this week.
Four under par after 12 holes when play was called off last night - there had been an earlier three-hour stoppage for high winds - Kaymer made it four birdies in a row by picking up further shots at the 13th and 14th.
Despite a clear limp he then finished with two more to join Garcia, the tournament host and defending champion on his home course.
Kaymer was top of The Race to Dubai when the accident happened in Arizona and has since dropped to third behind Rory McIlroy and new leader Lee Westwood - but he could go straight back to the top by winning on Sunday.
Australian Robert Allenby was poised to make it a three-way tie when he stood eight under with two to play, but a bogey on the 503 yard par four 17th and a closing par meant he finished the round in joint third with Swede Michael Jonzon.
Kaymer and Allenby were quickly into second round action as the event tried to make up for lost time.
Allenby kicked off his second round with a birdie at the tenth to be eight under again and alongside Garcia and Kaymer, who bogeyed the 12th but got the shot back straightaway.
After Angel Cabrera's disqualification for missing his opening round tee-off time - he had been delayed en route from the Grand Slam in Bermuda - the tournament suffered another loss when England's Chris Wood withdrew after twisting his ankle in a fall down the clubhouse steps.
"I misjudged the last step and fell awkwardly," he told European Tour radio. "I hit balls last night, but after going back to the hotel I couldn't put any pressure on it. It's better this morning, but not good enough to carry on. I'll have an MRI scan in Bristol when I get back and hopefully I can still go to Singapore next week."