Paul Dunne has joined Graeme McDowell as the best of the Irish so far on day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart.
He is on five-under par after 14 holes while McDowell finished his opening round with a 67.
Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington are both a shot further back on four-under after rounds of 68, while Gary Hurley and Michael Hoey are both on three-under.
However, Rory McIlroy is really struggling for form as he remains level for the day after 14 holes.
World number 542 Daniel Im is the new leader on eight-under. The American has one hole left to play.