CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland – Anirban Lahiri of India shot 8-under 63 to lead the European Masters first round by two strokes on Thursday.
The 178th-ranked Lahiri fired two eagles and five birdies in the Swiss Alps sunshine, and headed Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood in a three-way tie for second.
Thomas Bjorn, the 2011 champion from Denmark, went round in 66
to be alone at 5 under.
Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, the winning Europe Ryder Cup captain last year, was among six players on 4 under.
Thirteen-year-old Ye Wocheng of China carded a 7-over 78, after making double-bogey at three of his first four holes having started his morning round from the 10th. – Sapa-AP