Jarmo Sandelin and Thomas Levet both made storming starts as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship got under way with a flurry of early birdies.
Playing the Kingsbarns course, Sandelin made a flying start with a birdie at the 414 yard par four first hole, an eagle at the par five third and another birdie at the par four fourth hole.
The former Ryder Cup player, who has captured five European Tour titles including the BMW Asian Open back in 2002, then recorded another birdie at the sixth hole to reach the turn in 31 with a score of five under par.
The Swede began his back nine with a brace of opening pars as the rest of the field, split between The Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, attempted to keep pace with his blistering early scoring.
Frenchman Levet also enjoyed the morning links conditions as he reached five under par through his opening nine holes.
Levet, who began on the back nine at Carnoustie, recorded four straight birdies after parring his opening hole and fired a further birdie on the 485 yard par four 18th to reach the turn on five under.
The Continental flavour to the top of the leaderboard was further enhanced with the presence of Italy`s Edoardo Molinari who, after reaching the turn at three under par, fired a further birdie to take a share of third place having played 12 holes at the Carnoustie course.
Ross Fisher, Marcus Fraser and Martin Kaymer also all made their way to four under par to take a share of third place.
Further down a congested leaderboard, Retief Goosen, David Howell, Philipe Aguilar and Alvaro Velasco was just a pick of the 13 golfers to make their way to three under.
In other scores, last week`s Quinn Insurance British Masters winner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano continued his good form with a respectable one under par after negotiating his opening ten holes at Kingsbarns, while European Tour Order of Merit leader Padraig Harrington was also one under par after seven holes at the same venue.