Cape Town - Stephen Gallacher and Julian Suri fired opening rounds of 67 to take a share of the first round lead at the Indian Open.
Gallacher has often flourished on tough courses throughout his career, and showed he had the measure of DLF Golf and Country Club last season as he recorded a top ten finish in New Delhi.
Fast forward 12 months and a sensational putt from off the green at the last handed the Scot a closing eagle and a one shot advantage at five under.
It looked for a long time like he would not be caught in the afternoon but American Suri - who missed the cut in his only appearance here last season - produced some magic of his own on the 18th, playing a sublime bunker shot to set up a closing birdie and join Gallacher at the summit.
South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Swede Robert Karlsson, Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal and Thai Prom Meesawat were the nearest challengers, with last week's winner Scott Hend and local hero Shubhankar Sharma in a nine man group two shots off the lead.
Play will restart on Friday at 7:40am with one game to finish.
Scores after round 1 of the Indian Open 2019 being played at the par 72, 7438 Yards DLF GCC course (am - denotes amateur):
67 - Stephen Gallacher (SCO), Julian Suri (USA).
68 - Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA), Pablo Larrazabal (ESP), Robert Karlsson (SWE), Prom Meesawat (THA).
69 - Erik Van Rooyen (RSA), Edoardo Molinari (ITA), Ashley Chesters (ENG), Prayad Marksaeng (THA), Shubhankar Sharma (IND), Scott Hend (AUS), Masahiro Kawamura (JPN), Poom Saksansin (THA), Richie Ramsay (SCO).