Brendan McGovern is the best of the Irish at the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship in Formby.
The Headfort professional trails Adison Da Silva by seven strokes after an opening round of one-under 71 which is good enough for a share of 15th place.
McGovern had an eventful round that had just about everything including six birdies, three bogeys and a double.
The Kells native’s first move was in a backwards direction with a bogey five on the 2nd before back-to-back birdies on the 4th and 5th saw him move under-par for the round.
He soon dropped back to level with a bogey on six before a birdie, bogey run to the turn saw him play the front nine in 37.
A double-bogey on the 12th threaten to derail his round but McGovern responded with three birdies in five holes to end a rollercoaster round in red figures.
Irish Legends tournament host Paul McGinley struggled to a three-over 75 and has work to do if he is to feature over the weekend.
The leader comes in the shape of Brazilian Da Silva who was in superb form carding an eight-under 64.
It was a flawless round from Da Silva that has given him a one shot advantage over Italian Emanuel Canonica.
Da Silva turned in 33 after a brace of opening birdies were followed by another brace on seven and eight.
A hat trick of gains from the 13th saw him power towards the top before adding an eighth birdie of the day on 17.