World number four Martin Kaymer carded a level-par 71 in the opening round of the French Open to find himself six shots off the lead held by Graeme Storm and Richard Green.
The German went into the tournament looking for a top two finish in order to leapfrog US Open winner Rory McIlroy in the world rankings.
McIlroy was promoted to third in the listings following his win and Kaymer's recent run of bad form.
The 26-year-old managed to card three birdies during his round but he could not find the consistency he had when he became world number one earlier in the year, carding three bogeys to leave him at level-par.
However, Graeme Storm had no such problems, carding an error-free 65 on a course where he enjoyed his only European Tour victory to date, back in 2007.
"It's fantastic to always come back and know that you've won around here before," said the former British amateur champion.
Michael Campbell has made significant progress in the second round, four under for the day through 16, following a disappointing 72 on day one.