Colm Moriarty of Ireland and Martin Wiegele of Austria each shot a 5-under 66 to share a 2-shot lead after the opening round of the Saint-Omer Open on Thursday.
Joakim Backstrom had an albatross in a 7-under 65 to share a four-way lead after the opening round of the Russian Open, where John Daly struggled with a hand injury to shoot a 70.
Padraig Harrington overcame strong winds and the pressure of being the home favorite to take the early second-round lead in the Irish Open on Friday.
Markus Brier and Alvaro Quiros joined Joakim Backstrom at 10 under Friday at the rain-interrupted Italian Open.
Scores from Thursday's first round of the $2.32 million Italian Open
Joakim Backstrom shot a course record 10-under 62 Thursday to come within one stroke of matching the lowest round of the European Tour season in the first round at the Italian Open.
Swede Joakim Backstrom claimed the Aa Saint-Omer Open title and a one-year European Tour exemption when he beat Britain's Paul Dwyer in a sudden-death playoff on Sunday.