Connor Syme birdied his final three holes to take at a 2-under 69 Thursday and combine a four-way tie for the lead following the first round of this Andalucia Pros.
Syme began using a double bogey on the par-3 third gap but left four birdies on his back nine to a tough Valderrama route, where just five players broke par.
“I had been pleased with the back nine, to be truthful I did not understand how I had been scoring,” Syme said. “It is one of those days where you are just getting grinding and on and it is wonderful to find a couple of fall at the end”
Syme was connected with all the European Tour winner Jorge Campillo of Spain, Guido Migliozzi of both Italy and also John Catlin of the USA.
Catlin made three birdies on his first four holes mixed few bogeys with two birdies the rest of the way.
Campillo appeared set to take the lead before a bogey on 17.
“That which was great besides the brief game,” Campillo explained. “I had a few up-and-downs where I’d normally hit it I did not but overall it was great. I’m normally a patient person, particularly with this particular golf program. You need to be and level is a fantastic score on this particular golf course so that it’s simpler for me to be patient on such classes”
Pep Angles of Spain was the only other player to break par, shooting 70.