Chris Wood relished his return to the KLM Open in the Netherlands, shooting a six-under-par 65 to end the first day just a shot off the pace.
The Englishman went out early and carded six birdies and 12 pars to post the clubhouse lead. It stood for most of the day until China's Ashun Wu came in late with a 64.
This week's course, The Dutch, was designed by Colin Montgomerie and Wood said later he was a huge fan of the par 71.
"I finished in the top ten last year (tied ninth) and I love this place so it's great to come back," he said.
"It was perfect out there this morning. The course is in such good condition and the greens are as good as any that we have played all year."
Speaking about his round which included a hat-trick of birdies at 13, 14 and 15, Wood added: "I started to hit a lot of good shots over the back nine and I gave myself a lot of chances - it was a nice day out there.
"Off the tee it is tough here. There is a little bit of room on some holes which helps me out as I'm not the straightest with the driver but there are a few drives here that you have to hit really well.
"That's the key for me really, if I can put the ball on the fairway then my iron play, my wedge play and my putting is good enough."
On the stats, he hit 15 greens in regulation and took 27 putts.
Wood is 6/5 to win his second-round three-ball against Alexander Levy and Gavin Green, while the Englishman is 100/1 to win the KLM Open.
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