Adilson Da Silva got the kind of start he wanted on Thursday as he carded a four-under-par 68 in the opening round of the CIMB Indonesia Masters on the Asian Tour.
He found himself two shots off the lead held by Hwang Inn-choon and Scott Hend, and in a seven-way share of fourth together with Ernie Els, amongst others.
The other South African in the field was Dylan Frittelli, who opened his account with a level-par 72.
Da Silva made five birdies and a bogey in a round which depended on his accuracy off the tee Â he hit 14 out of 14 fairways Â and had he been able to hit more greens in regulation than the 12 out of 18, he may well have challenged for the lead.
Els also made five birdies and a bogey, but his short game was in better shape than Da SilvaÂs as he hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation. In the end, he needed 31 putts in comparison to the 26 Da Silva took, and better putting could see the Big Easy making a bid for victory on Sunday.
ÂIÂve got to be satisfied with that,Â said Els. ÂObviously you would like to say it could have been better but I played nicely. I made a silly mistake on the third hole which was a short par-four. I played with a nice group of guys who played well as well.
ÂI guess we all fed off each other. Scott Hend really started it off when he birdied three in a roll early in the round. Hopefully I can get it going tomorrow as well,Â he added.
Els finished tied 13th at the Masters and took a share of 15th place on the PGA Tour last Sunday. ÂIÂm starting to feel more comfortable with my game. The last time I played in Asia, I wasnÂt too comfortable with my game. I played okay at the Masters and had a nice week at New Orleans. I feel that things are starting to come around so IÂve got to thank the Asian Tour for getting my game back in shape,Â he said.