Shenzhen, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Alvaro Quiros and Simon Dyson both posted rounds of 5-under 67 and share the lead with the first round of the China Open suspended due to darkness.
Quiros and Dyson both have six wins on the European Tour.
Defending champion Brett Rumford shot 4-under 68 at Genzon Golf Club and was joined in third place David Horsey, Adrian Otaegui and Tyrrell Hatton. Il-hwan Park and Alexander Levy also stand at minus-4, but have one more hole to play in their first round.
Ian Poulter and Peter Uihlein are among 11 players that carded 3-under 69s. Nacho Elvira was also minus-3 through 17 holes.
Henrik Stenson, the highest-ranked player in the field at world No. 3, carded a 1-under 71 and is tied for 38th. Jason Dufner stumbled to a 1-over 73 and was tied for 69th.
Quiros, who hasn't won on the European Tour since the 2011 season, got off to a quick start with birdies on the first and second. He remained at minus-2 as he finished his front nine with seven consecutive pars.
The Spaniard stumbled to a bogey on the 10th. After a pair of pars, Quiros made eagle on the par-5 13th and followed with a birdie on the 14th to move to minus-4.
Quiros parred three in a row before converting a birdie effort at the 18th.
"It was a good round of golf. It was a bit of a shame on the last par-5 because I was half a meter away from having a great chance to make another eagle, but I ended up on the lip of the bunker and had to settle for a chip and two putts," Quiros stated. "You can't see it yet on the rankings, but I have been playing better. The Middle East swing was a good three weeks for me then I had a good result in Joburg and the last couple of weeks have been better."
Dyson, who is also winless since the 2011 season, started on the back nine and posted his first birdie at the 12th. He parred four in a row from the 13th before converting back-to-back birdie chances at 17 and 18.
The 36-year-old faltered to a bogey on the first, then bounced right back with birdies on two and three to get to 4-under. He reeled off five pars in a row before dropping in a birdie try at the ninth, his last.
"I started on the 10th today and the first nine holes I played was the best I have played for quite some time. I really didn't miss a shot," said Dyson. "I missed two fairways just, and didn't miss a green so gave myself a lot chances which is always nice and then I managed to make a couple of birdies on the other side for a tidy 5-under. It was a good start and very pleasing."
NOTES: The five players that did not complete their first round will resume their rounds at 7:20 a.m. local time on Friday, which is 7:20 p.m. ET Thursday ... Raphael Jacquelin, who opened with a 69, would have been the first-round leader if he hadn't found water off the tee on No. 15, which led to a quadruple-bogey.