Officials made the decision due to forecasts of heavy rain throughout Friday, with close to three inches expected during the next 24 hours at Narashino Country Club.

Woods is in a share of the lead with US Open champion Gary Woodland on six under and home favourite Hideki Matsuyama a shot off following a 65.

Having started three-over par after three holes, Woods played the remaining 15 in nine-under par to card an impressive 64.

There will be no play on Friday, though, with the plan to start the second round on Saturday morning between 6.30am and 8.30am local time.

RIGHT: Woods shares the lead with Woodland at the Zozo Championship. PHOTO: Toshifumi/AFP/Getty Images.

Speaking after Thursday's opening round, Woods told the PGA Tour's official website: "It's going to be sloppy and tough for us.

"It's going to be a grind on the weekend. Hopefully I can keep it going."

There are three Australians competing.

Adam Scott and Jason Day are tied in 58th place on three over after shooting 73 in the first round, while Marc Leishman finished with a six-over 76.

The Zozo tournament is part of three tournaments that make up the PGA Tour's Asia Swing, including the CJ Cup in South Korea won last week by Justin Thomas and the HSBC Champions in Shanghai next week.