Tommy Fleetwood opened with a solid 5-under 65 at the Omega European Masters on Thursday, a score that marked his lowest first round on the European Tour in three and half years.
Fleetwood, 28, exchanged a bogey at the 8th with a birdie at the 9th before coming home in 30 shots for a 65 to move onto the leaderboard at the stunning Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland.
The last time Fleetwood opened with a round of 65 on the European Tour was 74 events ago at the Maybank Malaysian Open in February 2016 - a surprising stat for a player that has risen to a current 13th in the world rankings.
Yes, a round of 65 is not a score you would expect to be opening with every week on the European Tour, but you would certainly not expect someone of Fleetwood's calibre to be waiting the best part of 42 months to sign for one.
Fleetwood, did however, post a 65 in the opening round of The Players Championship six tournaments ago on the PGA Tour and he went on to finish tied fifth at TPC Sawgrass.
The last time Rory McIlroy opened with a score better than 65 on the European Tour was seven tournaments ago in February 2019.
Fleetwood was using an Odyssey DFX 2-Ball Blade putter that his caddie bought for him off eBay. Read the full report here.
The Englishman is bidding to win his fifth European Tour title but his first since January 2018.
Fleetwood lies fourth in the European Tour's Race to Dubai standings as he attempts to win his second money list title.