Kevin Tway earned a one-stroke lead after the opening round at the Tournament of Champions as the 2019 PGA Tour season got underway.
American golfer Tway carded a seven-under-par 66 to set the pace at the season-opening event in Maui, Hawaii on Thursday.
Tway made seven birdies without dropping a shot to lead a field restricted to golfers who won a tournament during the previous calendar year.
The 30-year-old's display was impressive after he withdrew from Wednesday's pro-am at the Plantation Course.
"It kind of felt like I was walking on a water bed the whole hole and so I withdrew from the pro-am, went to the doctor, had like an ear infection and sinus infection," Tway said. "I got some pills and feel a little bit better today but still a little dizzy."
Tway, who claimed the 2018 Safeway Open, ended the day ahead of Justin Thomas and reigning champion Dustin Johnson.
American stars Thomas and Johnson had seven birdies and a bogey apiece on day one of the event, while Gary Woodland also recorded a 67.
Patton Kizzire – three shots off the pace at four under – made the shot of the day as he registered a hole-in-one on the par-three eighth.
It was Kizzire's first ace on the PGA Tour and he told Golf Channel: "I was just trying to hit the green.
Major winners Rory McIlroy and Jason Day also ended the day tied for sixth alongside Kizzire.
McIlroy holed five birdies and a bogey, while Day enjoyed a flawless back nine to move within three strokes of Tway.
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