FORMER Ryder Cup vice-captain Paul McGinley is one of six players tied for fifth on one under in the clubhouse at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea today.
The Dubliner, who has four career wins on the Tour, is currently ranked 152nd, but dealt with challenging greens and swirling winds at the Icheon course, that prevented low scoring, as he shot 71 that included three birdies and two bogeys.
The Irishman was joined by world number 12 Adam Scott, South African George Coetzee, England's Oliver Fisher, India's Anirban Lahiri and another South Korean, Lee Tae-kyu.
Jamie Donaldson gave himself the platform to launch a bid for his first European Tour title as a two-under-par 70 gave the Welshman a share of the first-round clubhouse lead.
The 36-year-old, a perennial contender with 32 top-10 finishes in his 250 events on the European Tour to date, continued the good form that saw him finish third in Morocco last month with four birdies and two bogeys at Blackstone Golf Club.
That left Donaldson level with Scotland's Richie Ramsay, England's Mark Foster and Korean Jung Ji-ho.
Donaldson's playing partner Foster, whose only European Tour title in 300 events came back in 2003, had four birdies and two bogeys in his round.