(CNN) -- Germany's Marcel Siem leads the way after the opening round of the Avantha Masters in New Delhi after carding a 64.
The 29-year-old is one stroke ahead of China's Chan Yih-shin after his eight-under-par score, as he goes in search of only his second European Tour victory.
Siem, who posted eight birdies and closed with an eagle on Thursday, claimed his only previous success at the Dunhill Championship six years ago.
A group of seven players lie a further two strokes behind, including British pair John Parry and Barry Lane.
Ryder Cup veteran Darren Clarke finished one under-par following a round of 71 while local favorite Jeev Milkha Singh -- who at 59 is the highest-ranked player competing in the event -- mixed three birdies with three bogeys in a disappointing even par round.
The inaugural tournament, tri-sanctioned between the European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India, is being staged at the DLF Golf and Country Club -- the venue of the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic, won by New Zealand's Mark Brown.