Adam Gee of England shot a 4-under 67 to share the lead with compatriot Simon Wakefield and Sihwan Kim of South Korea in the opening round of the Saint-Omer Open on Thursday.
Darren Fichardt of South Africa carded a 68 to be in fourth place, tied with Raymond Russell of Scotland and Raul Quiros of Spain.
Americans Scott Pinckney and Berry Henson shared seventh place with five other golfers at 2 under.
Gee climbed atop the leaderboard by holing seven birdies to make up for three bogeys. He missed the cut last week at the Nordea Masters in Sweden.
''It's a good start,'' Gee said. ''I had some good fortune today - I hit the flag on the 17th and it went in, and on the 18th I hit a good shot from a bad lie and it ran up nicely to the hole.''
The Englishman finished in joint 15th place at the Saint-Omer Open three years ago. His best result on the European Tour was a fourth place at the Russian Open in 2007.
Kim, who is playing his first season in...