Matt Wallace is the man to catch on the opening day of the BMW PGA Championship after carding a fine 65 at Wentworth.

Fresh from finishing in third place at last week’s KLM Open, the Moor Park Golf Club honorary member continued his good form to hole five birdies and an eagle to set the first-round pace on seven-under-par.

This left the world number 26 one shot clear of Henrik Stenson at the time of writing, with Paul Casey and Joost Luiten two back on five-under but still to complete their rounds.

Wallace, who is now attached to The Belfry, started strongly with a birdie at the first before a purple patch on the front saw him eagle the par five fourth, make a two at the fifth and hole another birdie at the sixth to move to five-under.

The four-time European Tour winner continued to set the pace with a birdie three at 11 and remained at six-under after a superb up and down from the sand on the 15th.

Following that escape, Wallace’s final birdie came at the par five 17th to leave him in fine shape going into the second round.

“I’m very happy,” the 29-year-old said. “Whenever you can get off to a start like that it builds your confidence and just follows on from last week in Holland.”