Richie Ramsay led the Andalucia Masters by two shots on Thursday, but Sergio Garcia, who romped to a huge Castello Masters triumph last weekend, was waiting to pounce.
Ramsay, the 28-year-old Scot, fired a six-under 65 to lead by two from England’s Ross Fisher.
Garcia, fresh from his 11-shot victory at the Castellon four days previously, carded a one-under to be five off the pace after the first round.
“Valderrama is the kind of course that suits me,” said Ramsay, who was third last weekend.
The Scot was three-under at the turn and then went birdie-eagle before another gain at the 15th. His only setback was a six on the 536-yard 17th.
Garcia also eagled the 11th to go to four-under, but in the end he had to settle for a one-under 70.
“It was a tough day out there,” Garcia said. “The course was soft because of the rain, but with this amount of wind Valderrama is always tough ... in Valderrama shots need not only to be good, but on the perfect spot. All in all, shooting under-par on this course is never a bad thing.”