Keegan Bradley carded a timely 64 during the opening round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club after he sank seven birdie putts on Thursday.
Bradley took some pressure off when he closed the day at six-under-par to for a two-stroke lead over a three-way tie for second held by Jason Dufner, Chez Reavie and Luke Donald.
The PGA Championship winner carded three birdies through his front nine, dropped a solitary bogey on the eighth and made the turn at two-under.
He tied fifth for fairways made and tied fourth for greens in regulation, and with his putting on form managed four birdies through the back stretch and signed for 64.
The display of form will have piqued the interest of Fred Couples, who may yet regret choosing Tiger Woods for the PresidentÂs Cup before the Tour Championship is concluded.
Bradley, Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner have shown consistent form this season and prove that Couples may have been crazy in cutting down his options so early.
A win at East Lake should confirm Bradley as the second captainÂs pick for the Presidents Cup come the 27th September.
World number one Luke Donald is projected to win the FedExCup if he remains in second place, a position he earned with a first round 66.
Dufner and Reavie both matched Donald and the trio is right on the heels of Bradley at two-under-par.
Five players hold a share of fifth at three-under, and there will be contention aplenty come the weekend.
East Lake is considered to be a course which requires experience, yet Bradley timed his rise to the top perfectly, and shifted the pressure to all of his chasers going into round two.