In-form Australian pair Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman sit just one shot off the pace after a birdie-filled opening round of the PGA Tour's team event in New Orleans.
Smith and Leishman carded a nine-under-par 63 to trail American duo Brice Garnett and Scott Stallings and the Norwegian combination of Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura after the first round of the Zurich Classic.
Smith, who won the tournament with Swede Jonas Blixt during its first year as a team event in 2017, made a 38-foot eagle putt on the par-5 second hole to ignite the Australians' charge.
He also had six of his team's seven birdies.
"I'll probably buy dinner tonight after that exhibition he put on," Leishman said. "He's definitely owed that."
Smith and Leishman both finished in the top-10 at the Masters earlier this month and appear to be trending towards an overdue win.
Garnett and Stallings birdied eight of their last 11 holes and Hovland and Ventura nine of their final 12 in each posting 10-under 62s to share the lead.
"Kris decided to heat up his putter. That really helped," Hovland said. "But I felt like we really played solid golf all 18 holes."
Six other teams along with Smith and Leishman shot 63s, including two-time Zurich champion Billy Horschel and his teammate, Louisiana native Sam Burns.
Tony Finau and Cameron Champ, who had a back-nine start in the same group as Horschel and Burns, birdied the seventh and eighth holes to join the third-place teams.
Louis Oosthuizen nearly put his approach shot in the water on 18, but then chipped in from a steep embankment for birdie to pull himself and his teammate, fellow South African Charl Schwartzel, also into a tie for third.
Also at 63 were the teams of Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley; Sebastian Cappelen and Mark Hubbard; and Kyle Stanley and Kyoung-Hoon Lee.
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay – the only team with two players ranked in the world's top 10 – finished among a handful of teams at 64, including the tandem of Bubba Watson and Scottie Scheffler.
Defending champions Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm shot 65.