England's Eddie Pepperell has a share of the lead at the Nordea Masters in Malmo after shooting six under par during his opening round.
The 23-year old from Oxford surged to the top of the leader board with three birdies on the last five holes on his way to a 66.
Pepperell admits that he was pleased with his performance during the first round of the tournament which saw him birdie seven holes.
"I played well today and I hit the ball better, which is the main thing for me. I've not been hitting the ball that well over the last couple of weeks, despite some good results," he said.
Joining Pepperell in a share of the lead is Sweden's Jens Dantorp.
Dantorp is playing in his hometown of Malmo and stole the show away from world number two and fellow Swede Henrik Stenson who was playing the event for the first time since 2011.
Dantorp managed a bogey-free round to match the 66 carded by Pepperell and the 25-year old was thankful for the support he received during Thursday's round.
"This is my home course so I try to play it as much as I can when I'm home. I can't really explain how good the support I got today was," Dantorp told the European Tour's official website.
"All my friends, all my buddies were here and there was so much applause. That was one of the biggest keys to my success today; it definitely helped me.
"Peter Hanson has helped me a lot. It's great to go to the States to see him over the winter when you can't practise here. He's been a great mentor to me and has helped me through things, so I feel more comfortable in situations such as this.
"This season has been solid. I've not quite had the results I would have wanted but it will come, I'm sure. It's all new to me so I'm taking it easy."
Stenson is three shots behind the two leaders after a three-under par 69, leaving him tied with Spanish Open winner Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Dantorp began his round on the 10th hole and reached the turn on four-under par with birdies on 11, 12, 16 and 18.
Further birdies on one and six put him in a tie with Pepperell at the top of the leader board after the youngster birdied the final two holes in a round that contained one bogey.
Five players are one shot adrift of the leaders including two Swedes: Sebastian Soderberg and Rikard Karlberg.
Joining these two are Scotland's Stephen Gallagher and Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin with Holland's Daan Huizing.
Jorge Campillo was on six-under par going into the final hole but a double-bogey by the Spaniard saw him drop down the leaderboard.
Joining Campillo on four-under par is Scot Craig Lee, English duo Adam Gee and Paul Waring, Swede Johan Carlsson and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
World number two Stenson experienced an inconsistent round as he managed just seven pars hoping to forget about his play-off defeat to Mark Hensby in this event in 2005.
He and Jimenez are tied with a large group on three-under par including Scotland's Scott Jamieson, English duo Simon Dyson and Oliver Fisher, Swedish star Peter Hanson and France's Victor Dubuisson.
Another Scandinavian Thomas Bjorn is on two under after an opening 70 while recent US Open qualifier Shane Lowry finished on one-under.
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