European Masters: Richie Ramsay & Edoardo Molinari lead field

European Masters, first round

-8 Ramsay, E Molinari (Ita) -6 Maybin, Fleetwood, Storm -5 Koepka (USA), Dubuisson (Fra), Donaldson, Lynn, Benson, Jacquelin (Fra), Hoey -4 James Morrison, Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Peter Hanson (Swe), Prom Meesawat (Tha), Jamie McLeary, Shane Lowry, Thomas Bjorn (Den), Bernd Wiesberger

Richie Ramsay and Edoardo Molinari lead the field after the first round of the European Masters in Switzerland.

The Scot and the Italian are eight under par, with England's Tommy Fleetwood and Graeme Storm and Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin six under.

European Ryder Cup team members Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson (both five under) and Thomas Bjorn (four under) are also in contention.

American Brooks Koepka joins Donaldson and Dubuisson on five under.

Richie Ramsay

"This week's a great opportunity to make a really big leap on that Race to Dubai"

Ramsay won the tournament in 2012 - his last victory on the European Tour - and eagled the first hole before two successive birdies.

"I played really well," said the 31-year-old.

"The golf course suits me. I've just got to go out there and stay calm and keep on playing. It's about being patient and positive.

"It was a great start, I hit three beautiful iron shots."

Having gone into the tournament 75th in the European order of merit, Ramsay hopes a good performance in Switzerland can move him into contention for one of the 60 places in the season-ending event in Dubai.

"Those final season events are definitely in my thoughts," he added.

"I want to push on and try and get in them. This week's a great opportunity to make a really big leap on that Race to Dubai.

"I would love to go back. It's three fantastic tournaments and obviously Dubai's a great place to go and play golf."