Ormsby is only three shots from the lead of Laurie Canter, Robert Rock and Richard Sterne at the US$7 million event, which is the European Tour's eight Rolex Series events including the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Ormsby, who has missed the cut in five of his nine starts in 2018 for a best of 25th at the Indian Open, began his round in brilliant fashion by reaching the turn in 4 under and although the momentum slowed a little over the closing nine his round of 66 was an encouraging start.
West Australian Jason Scrivener recovered from an early double bogey for his round of 67 to be tied for 24th, Scott Hend is 41st after his round of 68, a position he shares with amongst others New Zealander Josh Geary, Jason Norris and Ryan Fox recorded 69, with Brett Rumford, Sam Brazel and Adam Bland opening with 70.
In all it was a day of very low scoring with 111 players breaking the par of 71 over the 7200 yard layout.
Of the leaders Englishman, Rock, won this event in 2011, albeit at another venue, South African Sterne is a six-time European Tour winner and England’s Canter has attended the European Tour School in each of the last three years as he struggles to reach the level in the paid ranks he achieved as an amateur.
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