CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland – Anirban Lahiri of India shot 8-under 63 Thursday for a two-stroke lead at the European Masters, while 13-year-old Ye Wo-cheng of China finished with a 78.
Thomas Bjorn, the 2011 champion from Denmark, shot 66 to stand alone at 5 under.
The teenager Ye had a double bogey on three of his first four holes after starting his round at the 10th.
Last year, Lahiri followed an opening 66 on the Severiano Ballesteros course at Crans-sur-Sierre club with an 81 and missed the halfway cut.
''It's nice to be back with a bang,'' Lahiri said. ''Obviously, a tough pill to swallow last year and I have learned a lot from that.''
He is a three-time career winner on the Asian Tour, which jointly sanctions the Swiss event with the European Tour.
Defending champion Richie Ramsay of Scotland shot a 73.