NISSAN OPEN England's Davis prevails against dreary conditions
The Tour rookie shot 6-under 65 to take the early first-round lead.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The shifting wind and gloomy rain gave the Nissan Open a distinctively British feel Thursday.
So did the leaderboard.
Two months after finally earning his PGA Tour card by winning Q-school, Brian Davis of England opened with an eagle and finished with eight consecutive pars on his way to a 6-under 65 for the early lead at dreary Riviera Country Club.
Luke Donald of England and Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland were among those one shot behind.
Donald was tied for the lead until landing in a divot just short of a fairway bunker, going into a greenside bunker and making bogey on his last hole.
Clarke had one of many highlights at Riviera with his 7-iron that skirted the edge of the bunker in the middle of the par-3 sixth green, then rolled down the slope and into the cup for an ace.
Brett Quigley made a birdie on the 18th and also shot a 66.
Weir seeks third straight
Two-time defending champion Mike Weir was at 5 under until finding a bunker on his final hole and making bogey, dropping him into a large group at 67. Still, it was a solid start in his bid to become the first player to win the Nissan Open three consecutive years.
Tiger Woods should have no complaints, either.
Despite three-putting for bogey three times, Woods managed a 67 for his best start in his hometown tournament, which has given him fits like no other. The Nissan Open is the only PGA Tour event he has played at least four times without winning.
Woods needs to finish no worse than fourth to return to No. 1 in the world.
He wasn't all that impressed with his start.
"I putted like a fool today," Woods said. "It was an absolutely horrific day on the greens. I probably could have shot an 8 under par with not too much effort."
The first round was suspended by darkness with four players on the course.