Leader Monty happy to play with McGinley
Colin Montgomerie fired an immaculate nine-under-par 63 playing alongside Paul McGinley to lead the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship by a shot from American Clark Dennis at London Golf Club in Kent.
"It was a very good round - no bogies, nine birdies," Montgomerie said.
"I always enjoy playing with Paul and I usually play quite well with him. There was a good rhythm and we played well together."
McGinley recovered from two bogeys in his first three holes to post a four-under 68 and share 15th place with Eamonn Darcy, Des Smyth and Ronan Rafferty 43rd and level par 72s.
Headfort's Brendan McGovern was 69th after a 74, with former Ryder Cup winner Philip Walton tied 77th after a 75.
Gavin Moynihan is six shots adrift of Spain's Adri Arnaus after an opening 70 in the Swedish Challenge hosted by Robert Karlsson.
Moynihan made five birdies at Katrineholms Golfklubb but ended the day in a 20-man logjam for 40th spot, leaving him sitting on the cut line.
Old Conna's Neil O'Briain and Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin were tied for 98th after one-over 73s, but there were no such problems for Arnaus (23), who made eight birdies in a bogey-free 64 to led by two shots.