Knaresborough golfer John Parry set the early pace at the Scottish Open after he carded an eight under par opening round at Castle Stuart.
Parry birdied four of the first six holes as he headed out onto the course in the second group of the morning.
The 26-year-old continued his fine form adding a further four birdies on the ninth, 14th, 16th and the 18th.
The round of 64 shots equalled his lowest record one round score on the main European Tour.
Fellow Englishman Simon Khan is one shot behind on seven under with five players, including former world number one Phil Mickleson, one shot further back.
Parry will tee off for his second round tomorrow (Friday) at 12.40, once again alongside Simon Wakefield and Matthew Southgate.
Parry, who finished joint 28th at the US Open last month, wrote on his website: “It was a great feeling, if something of a shock, to find myself at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard throughout the morning of the first round.
“As I put together my 64 all the confidence in my game that I gained at the US Open came flooding back.
“My main goal this week has got to be clinching the last spot to play in The Open next week which is available to Sunday night’s winner.
“And shooting an opening round like that I have given myself the chance to get it.”