Scotland’s Scott Jamieson is the co-leader of the M2M Russian Open after shooting a six-under-par 65 on the opening day.
The 31-year-old, who started his round at Skolkovo Golf Club on the back nine, birdied the 10th and 13th to quickly move to two-under and his good performance continued across the rest of his round.
The one-time European Tour winner recorded consecutive birdies from the first to the fourth to card a bogey-free round and move joint-top of the leaderboard alongside Australian Daniel Gaunt.
The latter, who has tasted success twice on the Challenge Tour, fired in six birdies, one eagle and a double-bogey to take an early share of the lead going into Friday’s play.
Englishman Lee Slattery and Welshman Bradley Dredge are a shot off the lead in joint-third after they both hit five-under-par rounds of 66, while defending champion David Horsey is in a huge group of players on -4.
The 2015 Made in Denmark winner carded six birdies and two bogeys in what was a steady performance and he is joined by Panuphol Pittayarat, Thitiphun Chuaypraking, Keith Horne, Craig Lee, Tom Murray, Ben Evans and Sam Hutsby in the chasing pack.