Parry, winner of the 2010 Vivendi Cup on The European Tour, was three under for the day through six holes while his compatriot Andy Sullivan was one shot back in second place after opening with a birdie at the first before three successive pars.Mikko Korhonen was also one under for the day thanks to a birdie at the third and he was joined in tied third place by German amateur Moritz Lampert, England’s Matthew Southgate and Swede Bjorn Åkesson.
Argentine Estanislao Goya, who has led after each of the four rounds so far, was struggling early on, slicing his opening tee shot and having to take a drop before making a bogey.He also bogeyed the par five third hole to slip four shots off the pace on 10 under par.
Meanwhile, there was a Scottish surge towards the places for European Tour cards in the early stages, with Andrew McArthur and Callum Macaulay two of best players of the day thus far.
McArthur, who carded a five under par fourth round on the Tour Course to jump into tied 39th place, continued in that vein of form on the Stadium Course as he opened with three birdies after teeing off at the tenth. A further gained shot was cancelled out by a bogey at the 17th and he reached the turn in three under to sneak into the top 25 on four under par.Macaulay was also on flying form after starting with five pars before birdies at the sixth, eighth and par five 12th also moved him to three under for the day and five under for the week in tied 20th place.