Louis Oosthuizen and Sean O’Hair both got off to a flying start as the first round of the World Golf Championships - CA Championship got under way.
American O’Hair followed up his quarter-final appearance at the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play two weeks ago by rattling in consecutive eagles at the opening par five hole and the par four second. He pitched in on the latter from 41 yards to reach four under par after two holes on the famous par 72, 7,266 yard Blue Monster course.
Oosthuizen joined him on four under, the South African picking up four birdies in his first five holes.
Luke Donald had also got off to a good start, making light of his recent injury scare, with birdies at the first and second holes.
The Englishman, who underwent season ending wrist surgery last August having failed to finish the US Open Championship two months previously, had a scare at the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play two weeks ago when he felt weakness in his repaired left wrist.
The Englishman immediately conceded his match with Ernie Els but to Donald’s relief he was diagnosed with scar tissue irritation rather than more serious problems concerning his repaired tendons.
Having pronounced himself fit and well at Doral earlier in the week, Donald’s birdie run on Thursday came to a crashing halt with a double bogey six at the third hole.
Also going well early on and in O’Hair’s slipstream was South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, starting from the 10th tee, who was three under after four having birdied his first three holes.
American Ben Curtis eagled the tenth to get his round under way while England’s Lee Westwood birdied the first and third to jump out to two under.
World Number One Tiger Woods continued his comeback from knee surgery by recording par at the tenth, his opening hole in this 80 man, no cut tournament.