Jason Scrivener – file photo

Perth’s Jason Scrivener heads the eight Australians at the European Tour’s Open de Espana in Madrid, the West Australian in a share of 9th place and four from the leader, Kristian Krogh Johannessen.

Scrivener, currently in 57th place in the Race to Dubai Rankings, continues his push to be in the field for the season ending DP World Championship in Dubai in late November but in order to be so he needs to be inside the top 50.

After a solid start to the year Scrivener’s form in recent weeks has been well below his best but this is an encouraging start to an event which could play a role in his fortunes later in the year.

Scrivener raced to the turn in 30 in his opening round but lost momentum with a homeward nine of 37 although his round of 67 has him well placed heading into tomorrow’s second round.

European Tour rookies Jake McLeod and Deyen Lawson recorded rounds of 68 to be tied for 18th, while Dimi Papadatos and Brett Rumford were the next best of the Australians after their rounds of 1 under 70.

Norway’s Johannessen leads by one over Spanish player Adri Arnaus but amongst the group just two off the lead are defending champion Jon Rahm and his fellow Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello.