Brooks Koepka appeared closer to his best after shooting an opening round of 6-under 65 at LIV Golf Orlando.
The 32-year-old only carded one bogey at Orange County National to trail early leader Sebastian Munoz by three strokes.
Munoz carded eight birdies and one eagle on his way to a glistening opening round of 62, his only blemish coming at No. 7.
As for Koepka, he will view this as a welcome return to form on the eve of the 2023 Masters.
A number of LIV Golf players have spent large parts of this week discussing the forthcoming major.
Joaquin Niemann, skipper of Torque GC, claimed the fact LIV players are 'hated' will only embolden them
And Cameron Smith, who opened with a 2-under 69 here, suggested it was 'BS' LIV players won't be competitive at Augusta National.
Koepka, a four-time major champion, will no doubt want to prove his critics wrong after missing the cut at last year's Masters.
It was the start of an injury-ridden 12 months in which Koepka questioned if he was ever going to play the game again.
In an interview with the i earlier in the week, he explained how post-knee surgery he was supposed to be side-lined for more than a year.
Instead he tried to carry on playing. He told the publication:
Elsewhere in the tournament, England's Richard Bland (64) trails Munoz by two strokes.
Danny Lee, who won in Tucson, sits in outright fourth at 6-under.
Harold Varner III and Lee Westwood both posted rounds of 66. Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed are also inside the top-10.
In the team element, Koepka's Smash lead by one stroke over Niemann's Torque at 14-under.
The all-English Majesticks are at 11-under in third place, with the 4 Aces in fourth.