Former winner Padraig Harrington is leading the Irish challenge at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club after the first morning's play.
Harrington finished at -4, just one behind the leader, Ryan Fox of New Zealand, a son of former All-Black scrum half Grant Fox. Fox carded a round of -5.
The highlight of Harrington's round was a chip in for birdie at the 17th, while he also had a great birdie at the picturesque 7th.
Derry native, but with big Downings connections, Ruaidhri McGee was also going very well and is still on the course at -3 with five holes left to play.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell also had a good opening round, finishing in -1, but it was a bad morning for the defending champion Jon Rahm, who was frustrated on a number of occasions, and he finished +2 and will need a good round on Friday to get back in contention.
The other big Irish favourites, Paul Dunne, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry are just under way with their rounds.