Starting out in the first group at 7:40am at the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre club, the 36-year-old Englishman set a target no-one could match on a sun-bathed day high in the Swiss Alps on Thursday.
“The greens were just absolutely perfect this morning with no wind,” said Morrison, a two-time winner on the European Tour after making nine birdies and an eagle.
He dropped just one shot at the par-4 18th which he played in his outward nine.
Robin Sciot-Siegrist, the French left-hander, and Morrison’s compatriot Marcus Armitage each shot a 63 to tie for second place, with another Englishman, Andy Sullivan, and South African Dean Burmester another shot back.
“It’s a four-round event. My 10-under isn’t going to win today – you’ll need to be minus-20 or better,” Morrison said.
Perth’s Min Woo Lee, who had an eagle and a couple of birdies in his flawless…