Alejandro Canizares shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to share a one-stroke lead with Michael Hendry after the opening round of the Perth International.
Canizares had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Lake Karrinyup to take the early lead before Hendry put together five birdies on his second nine to join him. Emiliano Grillo is one stroke behind the leaders, with Paul Casey and Andrew Johnson a further shot back at 67.
Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner finished tied for 29th with 16 other players at 1 under.
Canizares, who won the last of his five European Tour titles in 2006, chipped in at the short No. 8 for his fourth and final birdie of the front nine. He then made three on the back nine.
''It was a good round,'' the Spaniard said. ''I hit the ball really well and made some putts, so I'm really happy.
''I played pretty steady the whole round and gave myself plenty of chances. I think I only missed two greens in the whole round.''
The 574th-ranked Hendry of New Zealand, wh...