Good starts for Jimenez & Bjorn
Former champions Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn revisited past glories in the first round of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
The experienced pair know the Crans-sur-Sierre course well, and even taking into account the significant changes made this year, they both took advantage of good scoring conditions.
Jimenez, the 2010 winner, shot a six-under 65 with half-a-dozen birdies and his only dropped shot coming at the 191-yard third.
Bjorn, who succeeded the Spaniard as champion two years ago, was a shot further back after a blemish-free 66.
Their scoring was eclipsed by India's Anirban Lahiri, who had a blistering first nine holes having started at the 10th.
A dropped shot at the short 13th was forgotten as the 26-year-old, who had a hole in one at last month's Open Championship, eagled the 597-yard next, birdied the 15th and then holed his approach to the par-four 18th to turn in 31 at four under.
He added four further birdies to post the clubhouse lead on eight under.
That was two better than Southport's Tommy Fleetwood, winner of his maiden European Tour event at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles a fortnight ago.
The 22-year-old, who missed the cut at Celtic Manor last week, bogeyed two of his first seven holes but back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 allowed him to turn at one under.
An eagle three at the first was followed by three more birdies as he closed with a 65 to go level with Jimenez in joint second.
"I felt a lot better about my game from Monday onwards," Fleetwood said of last week's failure to make the weekend.
"It was a hard week, I wasn't prepared for how hectic it would be.
"It was my first win and hard to take and it was a big comedown but hopefully I'll be more prepared for my next win."
Bjorn was satisfied with his round, telling Sky Sports: "It was all right. It was a bit off here and there but the short game saved me.
"There are a lot of opportunities on the course. I made five birdies and no bogeys and that is a good day's work."
At the other end of the scale, Chinese amateur Wo-cheng Ye, who only turned 13 on Monday, finished seven over after three double bogeys in his first four holes.