Matt Wallace credited his recent brilliant form to hard work as he made an excellent start to his defence at the Made in Denmark presented by FREJA.
After winning six titles on the Alps Tour in 2016, he added four European Tour triumphs in 2017 and 2018 and had his best Major finish at last week's US PGA Championship.
A tie for third at Bethpage State Park BK Course handed him a third top three of the 2019 season, moving him to second on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and a career high 25th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
An opening 67 at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort left him in an excellent position after 18 holes but the Englishman - who has recently added to his team as he seeks to rise even further - believes the best may be yet to come.
"It's going in the right direction," he said. "I'm working hard for it, it's not like it's just come randomly.
"There's more bits that I want to work on, there's bits I want to improve at. There's a long way to go for the rest of the year and I haven't won yet so it's important to me to try and get that and try and do that this week."
Starting on the tenth, Wallace turned in 31 in Farsø and dropped an only shot of the day on the seventh before picking it straight back up.
I haven't won yet so it's important to me to try and get that and try and do that this week - Matt Wallace
He finished sixth here in 2017 and won last season at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club, and has recorded just one round above 69 in his nine played at this event.
"It was nice," he said. "The wind is picking up so that front nine, my back nine, stalled a little bit so it was nice to pick up that birdie on the eighth hole.
"Getting out there relatively early was nice, to get four birdies on my front nine to start the tournament was good."