Maximilian Kieffer shot a 6-under 64 to lead the European Masters first round in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
The German, who never won on the European Tour, had seven birdies and one bogey in finishing 1 shot better than Andy Sullivan, Soren Kjeldsen, Julien Guerrier and Hideto Tanihara.
Englishman Sullivan, a member of Europe’s losing 2016 Ryder Cup team, had a run of five birdies in six holes to reach the turn in 30.
Ryder Cup vice captain Lee Westwood shot a 2-under 68 on the 6,282-meter (6,848-yard) course in the Swiss Alps that is blanketed in snow through the winter.
Two-time major winner John Daly had five birdies, two double bogeys and two triple bogeys in shooting a 7-over 77.
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