Star fascination Jon Rahm got his Open de Espana defence off to a strong start with a five-under 66.
Rahm carded six birdies because he with 1 blemish on the 18th along with Rafa Cabrera Bello finished Kristian Krough Johannessen, who carded a great 63 to lead a European Tour event for the first time in his careers first day three shots adrift.
Adri Arnaus birdied his final hole to be the top home player just ahead of Rahm and Cabrera Bello, although Real Madrid star Gareth Bale was spotted on Sergio Garcia, that was three under after eight holes failed to make another birdie during the previous 10 since he settled for a 69.
Before after back-to-back birdies with a pitch-in for an eagle-two in the 15th, norwegian Johannessen started from the 10th, and he also reacted with a two to a bogey at the second in the short 17th.
The planet No 909 then finished an fantastic days work with four birdies over his final six holes which ensured a two-shot lead over Arnaus, who covered the back-nine in just 29 strokes once he made four birdies and an eagle in a dazzling six-hole burst of scoring.
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