At the Trophee Hassan II, Keith Horne shot 69 at Golf du Palais Royal and found the kind of form which won him the Telkom PGA Championship a month ago as he moved into a first-round share of 10th.
It was not the seven-under-par 65 of leader Damien McGrane, but HorneÂs 69 included six birdies and set Horne into an eight-way share of 10th, alongside countryman Hennie Otto.
Horne had a quiet front nine and he carded just one birdie through the front stretch, which came at the fifth. A drop just before the turn, at the par-four ninth, caused him to turn at level-par.
The back stretch saw Horne take a more aggressive approach, and he was rewarded for it, starting with a pair of birdies at the 10th and 11th.
The second and final drop of his round came at the par-four 13th, but Horne barely flinched and went to make birdies at the 15th and 17th, which are the final two par fives at the Moroccan course.
It was a solid back stretch for Horne, who went round the second loop in 33, and if he continues to produce sub-70 rounds with the consistency he has achieved in the past, he may yet find himself competing for a second victory early into the 2012 season.
OttoÂs card told a slightly different story Â by the time he reached the 18th tee he was five-under and looked set to hold second place overnight. But a disappointing double-drop at the par-four closing hole halted OttoÂs run and left him to share 10th.
A stroke back was Sunshine Tour veteran James Kingston, who shot a respectable two-under-par 70 to hold a share of 18th.