Shubhankar Sharma was the best of the three Indians in the first round as he carded a two-under 70, one that included a hat-trick of birdies, at the KLM Open here.
The Englishman, 126th in the Race to Dubai Rankings and 446th in the Official World Golf Rankings, found his form to lead a large chasing pack. The 26-year-old reached the turn in 32 courtesy an eagle, three birdies and a dropped shot before a blemish-free back nine, which included two more birdies. That helped him top the leaderboard.
Malaysian Gavin Green made a trademark fast start to finish on five under. Shinkwin's playing partner Per Langfors (Sweden) carded 67 to sit alongside Scot Marc Warren, Dane Nicolai Hojgaard, and Englishmen Chris Paisley, Sam Horsfield and Matthew Southgate at five under.
The 2017 Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia led a group of eight players who were one shot further adrift at four under. Defending champion Wu Ashun was one of ten players at three under par. Two-time KLM Open winner and playing partner Joost Luiten, who came home in a remarkable 30 after carding his opening front nine in three over, sits alongside him.