India's Jeev Milkha Singh made a strong start to his campaign in the European Tour Made in Denmark event on Thursday, scoring 5-under 66 after 18 holes. This placed Jeev in tied-8th place, with Joakim Lagergren of Sweden, England's Tom Lewis and Belgium's Thomas Pieters leading with 9-under 62 after completing their first rounds in Farso, Denmark.
India's SSP Chawrasia found himself tied-73rd with a level-par 71, while Shiv Kapur shot 4-over 75 to end the first day in tied-131st place.
Jeev began his campaign from the front nine with birdies on three of the first four holes, which saw him rise quickly to the top two of the leaderboard at that stage. He then registered his first bogey of the day, dropping one shot on the 433-yard par-four 5th. He recovered with a birdie on the 379-yard par-four 8th, before registering two further birdies on the back nine on the 644-yard par-five 11th and the 392-yard par-four 15th.
Jeev had missed the cut at this European Tour event in 2014 and could only finish in tied-53rd position last year.
Chawrasia, who began from the back nine, played 17 near-perfect holes, sinking birdies along the way on the 471-yard par-four 9th and later the 342-yard par-four 3rd. His final position would have been much higher but for a double bogey on the 461-yard par-four 18th.
Kapur also began from the back nine, and scored a birdie on the 644-yard par-five 11th, but then dropped one shot on the par-four 12th. He would score four more bogeys for the first day -- on the par-four 15th, the par-four 18th, the par-four 3rd and the par-four 9th. Kapur will now need a big effort on Friday to continue making the cut in Denmark, as he did in 2014 and 2015.