The $5.7 million event is technically the first tournament on the 2008 European Tour schedule.
Fasth birdied the first hole and scored an eagle on the second. Birdies at Nos. 5 and 8 allowed him to make the turn in 31. He moved to six-under with a birdie at 11 but gave a shot back at 13. Fasth then reeled off three straight birdies to get to eight-under. He had a chance to set the Sheshan International Golf Club course record but had a 5-foot birdie putt miss on 18.
Stadler, birdied his first three holes, parred the next three and posted another string of three birdies to make the turn at six-under 30. He also had a bogey -- his coming on 11 -- but birdied 13 and 14 and tied Fasth with a tap-in birdie on 16.