Gaganjeet Bhullar, who partnered Anirban Lahiri and finished tied 10 at the World Cup in Melbourne last week, opened with a three-under 68 that put him in tied 10th place in the Australian PGA Championship.
Bhullar was three shots behind Australian duo Jake McLeod and Matt Jaeger, who shot 66 apiece at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
Australian Dimitrios Papadatos and Korean Eom Jaewoong were tied-third with 67 each, while European Tour Members Adrian Otaegui and Jason Scrivener were among the five players at 68 and Tied-fifth alongside World Number 21 Marc Leishman, Mathew Goggin and Douglas Klein.
Bhullar, starting from the tenth, had a terrible bogey-bogey start, but he quickly made up with four birdies in a span of five holes from 12th to the 16th to turn in two-under.
On the second nine, he birdied sixth and ninth but dropped a shot on eighth in his card of 68.