Jon Rahm one shot off lead after opening round at Open de Espana

Jon Rahm is looking to get over his Masters near miss in his native Spain, and he had made a fine start at the Open de Espana. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

World No. 4 Jon Rahm surprised himself with an opening 67 in the Open de Espana to lie just a shot off the lead in Madrid.

Rahm, who finished fourth in the Masters Sunday, carded an eagle, four birdies and a solitary bogey at the Centro Nacional de Golf, where he practiced during his amateur days.

Rah, 23, was part of an 11-way tie for third at 5 under par, which included Spanish amateur Victor Pastor, with Scotland's Marc Warren and Ireland's Paul Dunne sharing the lead at 6 under.

"It feels great," Rahm told Sky Sports. "To be honest I would have taken anything under par given the fact that I played better than I expected, especially off the tee. My long game was amazing.

"The driver alone set up two birdies today on 13 when I hit it over the green and seven where I hit it to the front edge of the green. Things like that are obviously a bonus. Hopefully I can keep hitting it tee to green the same way and make a few more putts the rest of the week."

Asked how he was feeling after the trip across the Atlantic, Rahm added: "The morning is not as bad as the afternoon. When jet lag kicks in after the round and adrenaline goes, the afternoon is a little harder.

"I'm a lot better than I expected and hopefully it keeps going because sometimes jet lag tricks you. It gives you a good day, and the next day is horrible."

Warren, whose best result in seven starts this season is a tie for 53rd, finished his 66 in style with five birdies in the last seven holes.

"I'm delighted with that start," Warren said. "I finished with three birdies in a row, so it kind of makes it look a little bit better obviously. Overall, it was really solid tee to green.

"I putted really well today, my pace was really good. The putts that missed, I didn't leave myself much to do, and the good putts always looked like they had a chance of going in."

England's Aaron Rai shared the lead after covering the back nine in 30 with two birdies and two eagles, but eventually signed for a 67 after two bogeys and a birdie on his last five holes.