Justin Rose managed to eagle two of his final five holes to claim the lead after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
The Englishman pounced at the right time to card a seven-under 65 on the North Course at Torrey Pines in California.
He finished the day just one shot ahead of Canada’s Adam Hadwin who sits alone in second ahead of Gary Woodland, Brad Fritsch, Charles Howell III, Beau Hossler and Trey Mullinax.
Rose started with a birdie at the 10th before bogeying the 14th and 15th but after the turn he soon kicked on. He eagled the fifth and ninth to move clear and he was delighted to see his hard work pay off.
He said: “I have been practising well, so it was nice to get off to a good start and show my range practice pulling through.
“It can be a tricky week here. The South Course is really tough and if you don’t go low on the North Course you are going to feel like you’re behind. But I’ve been making some putts and I drove the ball really well, especially on the par fives.”
American Tiger Woods endured a miserable return to Torrey Pines as he signed for a round of 76 after a number of sloppy mistakes.