England's Callum Shinkwin has claimed a share of the lead in the Soudal Open after almost pulling out of the DP World Tour event with a wrist injury.
Shinkwin carded an opening 65 at Rinkven International Golf Club near Antwerp on Thursday to join compatriots Dale Whitnell and Sam Horsfield at the top of the leaderboard on six-under-par.
But it would likely have been a different story if there had been any reserves on site to take his place in the field as the Tour returned to Belgium for the first time since 2019.
"I wasn't really going to be playing today actually," Shinkwin said.
"I've had a wrist issue from yesterday and on the range it just erupted straight up my arm.
"I went into the tournament office to see if there was a first reserve around and they said they were in already and had no one else there, so go play if you can and if you can't just walk in.
"Four holes in, I was like, 'it's not looking good', and then I shot six-under. It's nerve damage we think, but nothing a bit of paracetamol can't fix."
Whitnell had an outside chance of shooting the second 59 in Tour history when he covered his first 12 holes in eight-under on the par-71 layout, but followed a birdie on the 16th by dropping three shots in the last two holes.
"I went into the tournament office to see if there was a first reserve around and they said they were in already and had no one else there, so go play if you can and if you can't just walk in." - Callum Shinkwin.
Spain's Alvaro Quiros was part of a six-strong group sharing fourth place on five-under, while home favourite Thomas Pieters carded an opening 69 which was matched by amateur compatriot Charles Roeland.
The Australian challenge started off slowly with Wade Ormsby the only player not to be over par as he shot a level par 71.