EDOARDO Molinari set the early mark on nine under par at the Singapore Open with a brilliant opening round of 62, but English duo Tom Lewis and Oliver Fisher are well placed three shots back.
Playing the Tanjong Course, considered the easier of the two at Sentosa Golf Club, four birdies and a dropped shot at the ninth saw Molinari reach the turn three-under for the day.
The 30-year-old then reeled off six birdies coming home that included three in a row from the 12th, finishing in style when a close approach to the par-four 18th brought a three and moved him to nine under.
Lewis, meanwhile, picked up four birdies on the front nine and another at the 10th to climb to five-under before giving a shot back at the 13th. He bounced back at the next, though, as a well-judged chip led to another birdie but missed an opportunity at the par-three 16th when he missed a putt from around 15 feet.
The 20-year-old then found the rough off the tee at the last but a fine recovery gave him a mid-range birdie putt that slipped just past the hole.
Fisher's day got off to an unfortunate start on the more difficult Serapong Course with a bogey at the first, but the 23-year-old bounced back and settled for an opening 66.
Molinari leads YE Yang by a stroke after the Korean posted a 63 on the Tanjong course.
Reaching the turn in 32 following two birdies and an eagle, a long birdie putt saw him finish eight under par.
Colin Montgomerie also made an encouraging start with a 67 on Tanjong. However, a wayward drive at the last led to a three-putt from off the green as Montgomerie finished with a bogey to sign for a 67.
He joined South African Retief Goosen, Ireland's Shane Lowry and Welshman Jamie Donaldson on four under par, while Padraig Harrington carded a 69 to finish two-under.