Star fascination Jon Rahm got his Open de Espana defence off to a strong start with a 66 in the opening round in Madrid.
Rahm carded six birdies because he and Rafa Cabrera Bello finished the day three shots adrift of Kristian Krough Johannessen, who carded a 63 to direct a European Tour event.
Adri Arnaus birdied his final hole are the top home player ahead of Rahm and Cabrera Bello, although Real Madrid star Gareth Bale was spotted cheering on Sergio Garcia, who had been under after eight holes failed to create another birdie over the previous 10 since he settled for a 69.
Before following back-to-back birdies with a pitch-in for an eagle-two at the 15th Johannessen started from the 10th, and he also reacted in the 17th with a pleasant two to a bogey at the second.
The entire world No 909 then finished an exceptional days work using four birdies on his last six holes that guaranteed a two-shot guide over Arnaus, who coated the back-nine in only 29 strokes after he made four birdies and an eagle in a dazzling six-hole burst of scoring.
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