American Tony Finau shot a five-under-par 65 on day one of The Barclays to sit in a four-way share of the lead.
The 25-year-old, who is cousin of basketball player Jabari Parker, made a fantastic start to his opening round and found himself sitting on -3 after birdies at the first three holes.
Dropped shots at the 4th, 5th and 6th brought the American back to level-par but he showed great determination to get back in the hunt, firing in another five birdies.
The one-time Web.com Tour winner finished tied-10th at the US PGA Championship recently and the momentum from the performance at Whistling Straits has certainly been taken into the event at Plainfield Country Club.
Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson joins Finau at the top of the leaderboard after the left-hander recorded seven birdies and two bogeys on the way to a round of 65.
American Spencer Levin and Colombia’s Camillo Villegas are the other two players tied for the lead and the pair will be hoping for another strong round on Friday to stay in contention.
There were strong performances from England’s Paul Casey and Scotland’s Russell Knox, the duo are among six players one shot off the lead after carding rounds of 66 in New Jersey.
World number one Jordan Spieth, who is top of the FedEx Cup standings, struggled on Thursday and the American is nine shots adrift of the leaders after shooting a four-over-par 74.
It was also a day to forget for Ian Poulter, the Englishman is joint-last after labouring to an eight-over-par 78.