Challenge Tour graduate David Horsey marked his Wentworth Club debut with a five under par 67 to take an early clubhouse lead during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship.
The 24 year old Englishman, who secured his place on The 2009 European Tour International Schedule by winning last year’s Challenge Tour, birdied his last three holes to complete a six birdie, one bogey round.
The former Walker Cup player was soon joined by compatriot Anthony Wall at five under.
Wall’s only victory on The European Tour in over 300 starts came nine years ago at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, but the 33 year old Londoner enjoyed an inward four under par 33 on the West Course to sign for a 67.
Paul Casey completed an English one-two-three as he reached four under through 13 holes.
The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship winner, who claimed an HSBC World Match Play Championship at this venue in 2006, eagled the 531 yard par five 12th to move into contention.
Sweden’s Alexander Noren was in the clubhouse at three under, with last year’s European Order of Merit winner Robert Karlsson on the same mark through 15 and France’s Gregory Bourdy after seven holes.