Despite playing all four rounds at Augusta, Spaniard Jon Rahm showed no signs of fatigue during the opening round of the Open de Espana, ending the day one-shot off the pace, Sky Sports report.
In front of his home fans, Rahm shot an impressive five-under 67, while fan favourite Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston also made an encouraging start with a four-under 68.
The pair are chasing joint leaders Paul Dunne and Marc Warren after the duo fired in excellent rounds of six-under 66 on an extremely cold day in Madrid.
Johnston is effectively the defending champion and the man to beat, after winning the competition in 2016 and the tournament not taking place in 2017.
Rahm moved up in the rankings to world number four after finishing only four shots behind eventual winner Patrick Reed at Augusta.
The Spaniard admitted shortly after his round that he played better than he thought he would after recently flying home from the Masters.
To be honest, I would have taken anything under par given the fact that I played a lot better than I expected to play, my long game was amazing and the driver alone set up two birdies.