Scot Norman Wood and American Alan Tapie set the first round pace in the opening European Seniors Tour event of 1999, the Beko Classic, in Turkey.
England's Alan Hall profited from the misfortune of fellow pro Denis O'Sullivan to challenge the leaders, after spending 72 anxious hours at Klassis Golf and Country Club waiting to get a place in the field, more in hope than expectation.
However, O'Sullivan twisted his knee nine minutes before his start time, and Hall, summoned to the 1st tee, set off without even a yardage book in his pocket.
He proceeded a shoot a level par 72, to lie tied for fourth as the European Seniors Tour began in unseasonably cold and windy weather near Istanbul.
"I'd given up hope of playing", admitted Hall. "I am sorry for Denis but I was glad of the chance to take part after being from Tuesday".
Joint leader after the first round was Wood who, as the first name on the draw, had struck the opening drive of the 1999 season.
Tapie, Wood and defending champion Bob Lendzion (70), were the only players under par on a wickedly difficult day. Tommy Horton opened with a 72, while Bernard Gallacher's European Seniors debut ended with a 78 which included a 7 on the 17th hole.