Nick Faldo's Macau Open campaign got off to an uninspired start yesterday with the former world number one carding a lacklustre one-over-par 72 in the opening round of the US$200,000 tournament. Faldo, who this week admitted his career was at a low point after a disappointing string of results, rarely looked like threatening the field in poor weather conditions that saw play temporarily halted later in the day. Faldo, who together with Vijay Singh, makes up the star quality in the tournament field, finished the day tied with seven others, three strokes behind four players tied at the top of the leaderboard on two-under par. The out-of-form Englishman, chasing his 41st career title, looked out of sorts almost from the first tee of his round at the rain-soaked Macau Golf and Country Club. After teeing off on the 396-yard 10th hole, Faldo was soon in trouble, shanking his five-iron second shot 15 yards right of the green on the par-three 11th before two-putting for bogey. He came close to clawing back the dropped shot with birdie chances on the 13th, 14th and 18th holes, but was unable to take any of the opportunities and went to the turn at one-over. A magnificent eagle on the par-five second hole, where he sunk a 15-footer after reaching the green in two, put him back in the frame at one-under, but two more bogeys on the remaining seven holes left Faldo with plenty to think about going into today's second round. Faldo said the swirling winds had been a factor during his round. 'It's always hard when the wind is moving around like that. It was tough trying to read it today,' he said. 'I'm not satisfied. It's never satisfying when you don't make any birdies anywhere during your round. I had a few chances but couldn't take them. It could have been three or four shots better,' said Faldo, who partnered China's Zhang Lianwei and Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng yesterday. Both players finished the day on level par. American Eric Rustand, one of the four players tied at the top of the leaderboard on two-under, said a 'cautiously aggressive' approach had paid dividends. 'I wasn't afraid to use the driver today. On certain holes I was just trying to hit the ball in a certain place. I was being cautiously aggressive,' the 29-year-old from Arizona said. Joining Rustand at the top of the leaderboard were Sweden's Bjorn Flygare, Japan's Satoshi Oide and Taiwan's Lu Wen-teh, who all notched 69s. Three players - Taiwan's Hsieh Yu-shu, South African Nico van Rensburg and India's Arjun Atwal - are one off the lead on one-under par. Fiji's Singh is four strokes off the pace after an up-and-down round of 73 which left him two-over par. 'You can get lost in the rough. If you miss the fairways, depending on your lie, then it can be pretty tough,' said Singh, who notched three birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey. Hong Kong's leading golfers also struggled to get a grip in the difficult conditions. Dominique Boulet finished six off the lead on four-over par while Derek Fung was a shot behind his fellow Hong Kong professional on five-over par.