They say ‘always beware the injured golfer’ and Colin Montgomerie is the epitomy of that as he aims to claim the Volvo PGA Championship this week at Wentworth which he regards as his home ground.
After 12 holes he is tied for the lead with Ignacio Garrido of Spain and Adam Scott from Australia..
Both Montgomerie (strained back) and Nick Faldo (arm muscle) reacted to their injury worries by charging on to the leaderboard with Faldo getting to three under par after eight holes, though he later dropped back.
The six times major champion has also announced he will be attempting to get a start in the US Open by pre-qualifying on Monday week over 36 holes.
He can still earn an automatic place in the second Major of the season, but needs a top-three finish at the PGA Championship at Wentworth to jump back into the world's top 50. Justin Rose is in a similar situation.
Tied fourth at Wentworth on three under par are Tom Gillis, Sandy Lyle and Mark McNulty after 15, 14 and eight holes respectively.