Brandt Snedeker is confident his game will improve after carding a three-under par 69 in round one of the Fiji International.
The 35-year-old was one of the stars of the victorious USA Ryder Cup team but, after the celebrations had died down, he was soon on a plane to the Pacific nation for this week's event.
Co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia, it has attracted a few star names, with Snedeker four shots behind first-rounder leader Anthony Houston of Australia.
The Tennessee resident only arrived on Wednesday and had time for just one practice round, and he feels his performances will get better as he becomes more familiar with the surroundings.
"I probably made some mistakes today course management-wise," he said. "I'm hitting certain clubs off tees I probably won't tomorrow so we're learning. It didn't cost me too many today so hopefully we can build on that for the weekend.
"There's a long way to go. There's obviously some guys playing some great golf but this afternoon I'm happy with three under par."
A couple of Aussies share second place on -6, with Jake Higginbottom and Stephen Leaney on that mark, while Snedeker's compatriot Boo Weekley is also on three-under par after the first 18 holes at Natadola Bay Golf Club.