CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland — Gregory Bourdy of France shot an 8-under 63 to lead by two strokes after the rain-swept European Masters first round on Thursday.
Bourdy, who earned the last of his three European Tour wins in 2009, had eight birdies in the thin Alpine air of the Crans-sur-Sierre club.
Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden and Oliver Fisher of England shot 65s late in the afternoon to trail by two strokes.
U.S. teenager Andy Zhang, 14, got an invitation to play in the tournament and fired a 1-over 72 in the first round, and sits one shot off the projected cut line currently. Zhang was the youngest player to ever tee it up at the U.S. Open, missing the cut at Olympic Club in June. He made it to match play at the U.S. Junior, while missing the cut at the U.S. Amateur.
Paul Lawrie, who will play in the Ryder Cup in the United States next month, shot a 69. Defending champion Thomas Bjorn of Denmark had a 74, and Australian Greg Norman had an eagle in his round of 75.