(CNN) -- Jim Furyk took a one-shot lead after the opening round of the $5.4 million Transitions Championship on the PGA Tour.
Furyk plays an approach shot to the 7th at Copperhead during his fine opening round.
The U.S. Ryder Cup star has not won a tournament since the Canadian Open in 2007 nor topped a leaderboard since, but he showed fine form to card a six-under 65 on the Copperhead Course at Palm Harbor in Florida.
Stephen Ames of Trinidad and Tobago is his nearest challenger with Matthew Goggin, Jonathan Byrd and Kenny Perry tied for third at four under.
Nine players are tied on 68, three under, including reigning U.S. Masters champion Trevor Immelman who has struggled since claiming the crown at Augusta last year but showing signs of a return to form.
Tiger Woods, who finished tied ninth in the first strokeplay event of his comeback from injury at Doral last week, is sitting out the Transitions but will return to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week as he builds up to this year's Masters.
Furyk, who claimed a fine third in the WGC-CA Championship won by Phil Mickelson, carded seven birdies on the tough par-71 layout, only bogeying the par-3 eighth, his 17th.
Defending champion Sean O'Hair of the United States struggled on the opening day with a one-over par 72.