On a day that presented the player with excellent scoring conditions, Thomas Bjorn struck the ball magnificently and got hot with the putter as he posted a course record equalling 62 at Wentworth.
Bjorn managed to get the to the turn at three under before catching fire and going birdie-birdie-eagle-par-birdie to start the back nine and get to eight under after 12 holes. Another two birdies followed from there before the 43-year-old Dane eventually signed for a magnificent bogey free round of ten under par.
Bjorn held a two shot lead at the end of Thursday's play at the European Tour's flagship event with many players needing to come back on Friday morning to finish their rounds. There were over two hours of delay at Wentworth due to electric activity in the air before play was eventually suspended due to darkness late into the evening as the tournament officials couldn't get Round One finished in time.
The man that ended the day two shots behind Bjorn was Shane Lowry. The Irishman carded ten birdies and two bogeys on his way to a superb eight under par 64 to open his tournament.
The Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello shot a very impressive seven under 65 in the much more difficult afternoon conditions to claim solo third after day one while Frenchman Gary Stal was a further shot back on six under after a 66.
Lurking in the group on four under are Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer, three of the game's big guns who will be looking to close the gap to Bjorn in Round Two. McIlroy is going through some personal problems right now but had two eagles today to lighten his mood en route to his 68. Kaymer is just coming off a victory in the US PGA Tour's flagship event, The Players, and is looking for a flagship double at Wentworth, while Stenson has the added incentive of knowing a strong performance this week will propel him to the World Number One spot for the very first time.
On the other hand, Matteo Manassero, the defending champion, didn't have the best of days on Thursday. The young Italian struggled to a limp eight over par round of 80 to bring up the rear after day one, in complete and utter contrast to last years glory where he topped the field.
With a whole host of big names ready to pounce on Friday and on the weekend, the tournament is set up perfectly for an exciting few days. After his incredible golf on Thursday however, everyone in the field is chasing the Great Dane, Thomas Bjorn.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU