The Australian Open is under way under clearer skies after Sydney's smoky haze threatened to disrupt the country's best golfers.
After two days of horrible smog, a sea breeze has helped improve air quality for the first round at the Australian Golf Club.
Matt Jones, the 2015 champion and member at the Australian, and European Tour player Wade Ormsby were setting the early pace, both reaching the turn at four under par.
Japanese amateur Takumi Kanaya was also four under after seven holes, with Marc Leishman, playing with Cameron Smith and defending champion Abraham Ancer in the marquee morning group with, two under after his front nine.
Smith was one under halfway through his round and Ancer even with the card.
With Adam Scott, Sergio Garcio and the International team Presidents Cup captain Ernie Els hogging the limelight, Ancer was happy to fly under the radar.
But while he's not capturing as much attention, the trailblazing Mexican has returned a different, more confident player and firmly established in the world's top 50 after his breakthrough last year on the neighbouring Lakes layout.
"Just winning at any level gives you a lot of confidence. I really got a lot out of my win here and just took it to the PGA Tour," Ancer said.
"I didn't get a 'W' there, but I was very close multiple times and I'm really happy the way my game has been progressing after my win.
"It taught me a lot of things that week. It really just made me feel really comfortable out there; some situations of maybe before I would be a bit nervous and I felt great.
"Played some solid golf all year and really happy with the results."
Scott tees off alongside Garcia and English drawcard Paul Casey, the world No.14 and highest-ranked player in the field, just before midday in the feature afternoon group.
NOTEABLE AUSTRALIAN OPEN FIRST-ROUND TEE TIMES AT THE AUSTRALIAN GOLF CLUB ON THURSDAY (all times AEDT):
* 0705: Abraham Ancer (MEX), Marc Leishman (AUS), Cameron Smith (AUS)
* 0715: Geoff Ogilvy (AUS), Matt Jones (AUS), CT Pan (TPE)
0800: Peter Lonard (AUS), Peter O'Malley (AUS), Nick O'Hern (AUS)
1130: Ryan Foz (NZL), Lucas Herbert (AUS), David Micheluzzi (AUS)
1140: Robert Allenby (AUS), Min Woo Lee (AUS), Cameron Tringale (USA)
1150: Adam Scott (AUS), Sergio Garcia (ESP), Paul Casey (ENG)
1200: Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Cameron Davis (AUS), John Senden (AUS)
1210: Ernie Els (RSA), KJ Choi (KOR), Greg Chalmers (AUS)
1220: Rod Pampling (AUS), Mike Weir (CAN), Elvis Smylie (AUS)
* denotes starting from the 10th tee.