Australian veterans Scott Hend and Wade Ormsby have made impressive starts at the BMW PGA Championship, one of the European Tour's flagship events, as they shot four-under-par rounds of 68 to lie just two shots behind the overnight first round leaders at Wentworth.
Hend, the 47-year-old big hitter from Townsville, had a blistering outward nine of 31, featuring four birdies, as he made a fine opening in search of a fourth triumph on the European Tour.
Adelaide's Ormsby, who turned 40 in March, later also carded a 68, featuring five birdies, as he pursues the fifth win of his career.
The pair lie a couple of shots behind the pacesetters, South African Justin Harding, Spain's Adri Arnaus and England's Tyrrell Hatton, who all shot rounds of 66 while four others recorded 67s.
Hatton is a popular favourite at Wentworth, having grown up near the course. His first memory of watching the PGA as an awestruck nine-year-old was almost getting hit by a stray shot from three-time major winner Vijay Singh.
Nineteen years on, Hatton is on the other side of the ropes as the World No.15 and looks in prime position to challenge for victory in the event which inspired him to become a professional after carding an eagle, five birdies and a solitary bogey.
“To lift the trophy here is definitely a goal of mine and hopefully I can play well the next few days and give myself the chance to do that. That would be very special.” – Tyrrell Hatton
"My dad used to bring me up here, it was one of my favourite things to do when I was a kid so that's what makes this week so special," Hatton said.
"To lift the trophy here is definitely a goal of mine and hopefully I can play well the next few days and give myself the chance to do that. That would be very special.
"In 2016 I had a really good chance here but I had not won on Tour at that point and I think that was quite a big learning curve for me that day. I would like to think that if I had that opportunity again, I'd give myself a better chance of winning."
Hatton, who won his fourth European Tour title in a six-man, floodlit play-off in the Turkish Airlines Open last November, underwent wrist surgery at the end of the season and started 2020 in superb style with a first PGA Tour title in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Former Masters champion Patrick Reed, whose presence has caused the most excitement at Wentworth, had to settle for a modest opening 70 after a double bogey on his final hole.