Bushey golfer Callum Shinkwin made an excellent start to the Czech Masters and holds a one-shot lead at the end of the first round.

The Moor Park Golf Club professional made a fast start to the tournament at the Albatross Golf Resort and fired an opening six-under-par round of 66 to set the pace over a trio of players – James Heath, Dylan Frittelli and Pontus Widegren – on five-under in Prague.

Shinkwin, who is playing his first European Tour event since the Open Championship, started his round with a birdie before giving the shot back at the third hole. But a hot run of form saw him surge up the leaderboard.

The 24-year-old runner-up at this year’s Scottish Open picked up shots at the fourth and fifth hole to get back under par for the day.

Another birdie at the par five ninth saw him turn in three-under-par.

Shinkwin continued to take advantage of the par fives as he birdied the tenth hole to maintain his momentum.

He picked up another shot at the 215-yard 13th but immediately gave this back at the next hole.

Shinkwin put this behind him and his tee-shot at the 16th hole was within five feet and enabled him to get further under par.

The golfer finished his round in style as a curling 20-yard putt handed him his eighth birdie of the morning.

Moor Park club-mate Matt Wallace made a strong recovery after a slow start in Prague, only to let it slip with a double bogey near the end of his run.

Wallace dropped two shots in his opening nine holes but turned this around in dramatic fashion.

He picked up four birdies in a row, starting at the tenth to get under par for the tournament.

The 27-year-old, who finished in a share of sixth at last week’s Made in Denmark, remained on two-under until the par 17th at which he took a six to end his opening 18 holes on level par.