Damien McGrane shot his fourth successive sub-70 round as England’s Tom Lewis opened with a nine under 63 in the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity.
Having struggled to score earlier this season, missing six of his first 10 cuts on the 2013 schedule, the 42-year old Kells man appears to have struck a rich vein of form.
A three under 69 left McGrane just inside the top 30 at Diamond Country Club in Austria where David Higgins (71) is tied 45th, Gareth Maybin (72) tied 66th and Alan Dunbar (74) joint 100th.
After an opening bogey, McGrane birdied the par-five sixth, eagled the 506-yard 10th and then picked up another shot at the 14th.
Higgins was bounced back well to break par.
Having turned in two over thanks to successive bogeys at the 16th 17th and 18th, he finished with birdies at the fifth, sixth and seventh to give himself another chance of hauling himself up from 195th in the Race to Dubai standings.
Maybin also did well to shoot level par 72 after opening with three bogeys in a row but it was more of a struggle for who had just two birdies in a 74.
Lewis, 22, showed signs of regaining the form that saw him win the 2011 Portugal Masters on just his third professional start.
His 63 gave him a two-shot lead over Dutchman Joost Luiten (65) with English trio Simon Dyson, Richard McEvoy and Graeme Storm and Frenchman Alexander Levy all three behind after 66s.
Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez is another shot back at five under, alongside 18 year old amateur Matthias Schwab, who was runner-up to Dunbar in last year’s Amateur Championship.
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63 T Lewis (Eng),
65 J Luiten (Ned),
66 S Dyson (Eng), R McEvoy (Eng), A Levy (Fra), G Storm (Eng),
67 A Sullivan (Eng), P Waring (Eng), L Wen-Chong (Chn), M Jiménez (Esp), M Schwab (am) (Aut),
68 S Webster (Eng), S Kapur (Ind), J Barnes (Eng), C Macaulay (Sco), B Wiesberger (Aut), D Brooks (Eng), L Goddard (Eng), R Wattel (Fra),
69 M Lampert (Ger), D McGrane (Irl), A Dodt (Aus), C Paisley (Eng), J Hansen (Den), M Tullo (Chi), E De La Riva (Esp), M Nixon (Eng), I Garrido (Esp), M Carlsson (Swe), S Little (Eng),
70 P Hedblom (Swe), J Elson (Eng), C Lee (Sco), D Kemmer (USA), G Bourdy (Fra), Å Nilsson (Swe), S Hansen (Den), A Snobeck (Fra), J Glennemo (Swe), D Gaunt (Aus), J Campillo (Esp), J Morrison (Eng), A Forsyth (Sco), L Jensen (Den),
71 M Kieffer (Ger), M Baldwin (Eng), J Maurer (Aut), L Nemecz (Aut), T Pilkadaris (Aus), O Floren (Swe), M Madsen (Den), P Gustafsson (Swe), M Lundberg (Swe), S Arnold (Aus), B Åkesson (Swe), T Björn (Den), S Kjeldsen (Den), R Gruber (Aut), L Slattery (Eng), H Otto (RSA), D Drysdale (Sco), P Price (Wal), B Dredge (Wal), L Astl (Aut), D Higgins (Irl),
72 C Kim (USA), L Gagli (Ita), T Van Der Walt (RSA), J Kingston (RSA), R Bland (Eng), P Fendt (Aut), R Santos (Por), C Lloyd (Eng), M Korhonen (Fin), G Bhullar (Ind), S Benson (Eng), P Larrazábal (Esp), G Maybin (Nir), R Rock (Eng), T Fisher Jnr (RSA), S Dodd (Wal), O Fisher (Eng), M Brier (Aut), E Grillo (Arg), E Kofstad (Nor), D Dixon (Eng), T Nemecz (am) (Aut),
73 A Marshall (Eng), A Hartø (Den), T Levet (Fra), J Walters (RSA), G Orr (Sco), R Davies (Wal), G Lockerbie (Eng), M Lafeber (Ned), J Kruger (RSA), M Wiegele (Aut), G Stal (Fra), M Southgate (Eng),
74 M Glauert (Ger), R Derksen (Ned), C Cévaër (Fra), F Andersson Hed (Swe), J Edfors (Swe), T Hatton (Eng), D Van Der Walt (RSA), A Dunbar (Nir), R Karlberg (Swe),
75 P Meesawat (Tha), C Del Moral (Esp), M Davis (Eng), S Henry (Sco), S Wakefield (Eng), B Palanszki (Hun), J Sjöholm (Swe), N Fasth (Swe), C Davies (Wal),
76 D Vancsik (Arg), R Coles (Eng), R Green (Aus), J Timmis (Eng), M Delpodio (Ita), J Colomo (Esp), P Erofejeff (Fin), M Quiros (Esp), A Kleszcz (am) (Aut),
77 M Zions (Aus), U Weinhandl (Aut), D Popovic (Aus), G Boyd (Eng), P Gal (Cze), D Horsey (Eng), J Roos (RSA),
78 S Piaget (Mon), J Lagergren (Swe), R Sarközi (Hun), R Steiner (Aut), D Im (USA), C Bausek (Aut), S Straka (am) (Aut),
79 H Amin (Aut), A Tadini (Ita),
80 J Lara (Esp), J Howarth (Eng),
81 O Bekker (RSA), C Prader (Aut), P Whiteford (Sco),
82 M Grönberg (Swe),
84 Y Kafelnikov (Rus),
87 N Wimmer (am) (Aut),
89 S Straka (am) (Aut),