Seve Benson stormed into an early lead in the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, which was remodelled by his illustrious namesake Seve Ballesteros.
Benson, named after the legendary Ballesteros who won this tournament three times, stunningly made four straight birdies from the fifth hole to card six altogether in his first eight. At the eighth, a par three, he was aided by his tee shot spinning back to a few feet from the hole.
Benson enjoyed another gain at the 11th, and a bogey at the next was only his second dropped shot in a round that stood at five under after 12 holes.
That put the Englishman a shot ahead of Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who started his round on the tenth and was one in front of a large chasing pack.
That group included defending champion Thomas Björn, seeking to emulate Ballesteros by winning the event for the third time, after recovering from a slow start.
The late Ballesteros remodelled the scenic course in 1999, 12 years before the five-time Major winner died at the age of 54.