Matthias Schwab opened with a 66 at The Belfry to secure the day-one lead at the 2021 Betfred British Masters.
The Austrian produced a scorecard comprised of just one bogey against seven birdies, including a five in a six-hole stretch around the turn to reach the marquee position on 6 under.
“I don’t know exactly what I need to do to make these good weeks great weeks because if I knew I would have done that already but it’s been a solid start to the season with some really nice finishes,” said Schwab.
“I couldn’t quite finish way up the leaderboard but the top tens are nice and I’m just trying to do the same going forward and hopefully it’ll just happen. I don’t think I need to change a whole lot because the game is feeling really solid.”
He added: “I think it’s quite a good score, I’m really happy and pleased with the score but also with how I played.
“I had a slow start but an OK start and then had a really nice stretch from my seventh to 12th hole, played those in five under which was great.”
Scotland’s Calum Hill was alone in second on 5 under following a six-birdie round of 67.
Schwab’s compatriot, Bernd Wiesberger was two back on 4 under, alongside Englishmen Richard Bland and James Morrison, Frenchmen Matthieu Pavon and Clement Sordet, South African Louis de Jager, Italian Guido Migliozzi, German Max Schmitt and American Julian Suri.
2021 Betfred British Masters
Top-5 Leaders: Round 1
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 1)
1. Matthias Schwab -6 (66)
2. Calum Hill -5 (67)
3. Bernd Wiesberger -4 (68)
3. Richard Bland -4 (-68)
3. James Morrison -4 (68)
3. Matthieu Pavon -4 (68)
3. Clement Sordet -4 (68)
3. Louis de Jager -4 (-68)
3. Guido Migliozzi -4 (68)
3. Max Schmitt -4 (68)
3. Julian Suri -4 (68)
Material from the European Tour Communications was used to compile this report.