Jaco van Zyl would not be distracted by fog, which delayed play in the Johnnie Walker Championship on Thursday, and went on to sign for a card of 68 after completing his round on Friday morning.
Van ZylÂs bogey-free, four-under-par opener led to a tie for fourth place, two strokes shy of Mark Foster, whoÂs leading 66 included eight birdies.
The highlight of Van ZylÂs round was an eagle on the second, which offered a safety net and allowed the 32-year-old to remain patient through a string of 11 pars from the third to the 13th.
The rather short 293-metre par-four 14th hole would be the beginning of Van ZylÂs charge, and he carded birdie to move to three-under.
With 16 and 18 playing as par-fives, the closing holes at Gleneagles offer great scoring opportunities, and Van Zyl took advantage with a birdie on the 497-metre 16th.
Van Zyl missed the cherry on top when he shot par on the 18th, but will be pleased with his share of fourth after day one.
Hennie Otto fought his way back from an early double-bogey and shot 70 for his opening round. The two-under-par card took him to a share of 24th at the close of day one.
The remaining four South Africans in the field have a mammoth task on their hands as all are projected to miss the cut. Keith Horne sits at two-over, trailed by JbeÂ Kruger, George Coetzee and Shaun Norris respectively.
Van Zyl will begin round two a mere 30 minutes after signing his first scorecard, and must retain his patience and take his opportunities as he heads back out onto the course.