South Africa's James Kingston shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday at Wentworth to take the lead during the suspended first round of the BMW PGA Championship.
Afternoon play was delayed for about 90 minutes in the European Tour's flagship event and five groups were still on the course when the round was suspended for the day because of darkness.
Finland's Mikko Ilonen opened with a 67, and Scotland's Scott Henry and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano shot 68. Austria's Martin Wiegele also was 4 under with five holes left.
Sergio Garcia, the Spanish player whose verbal sparring with Tiger Woods turned ugly this week when he said he would "serve fried chicken" if he had dinner with Woods, opened with a 72.
Second-ranked Rory McIlroy bogeyed five of the last six holes for a 74, and playing partner Graeme McDowell, coming off a victory Sunday in Bulgaria in the Volvo World Match Play, also had a 74.
Ian Poulter finished with a 76, and two-time defending champion Luke Donald had a 78.