The Indian golfer equalled the course record at Sedgefield Country club with a bogeyless round which included nine birdies. He now joins Swede Carl Petterson who set the record two years ago.
On a day which for the most part enjoyed good conditions Brant Snedeker shot a 63 to hold second place by himself and is followed by John Rollins, Kevin Streelman, Lucas Glover, Boo Weekly, David Toms and another Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh who all shot rounds of 64.
Another six players hit rounds of 65 which leaves the leaderboard looking very crowded and still very open for the weekends action.
The world number 450 had lost he Tour card last month and had to battle through a qualifying event at the Forest Oaks Country Club which he shared first prize with three others after a round of 67.
Snedeker was holding an 8-under at the 17th hole but went long on his approach shot and over hit his chip to leave him with a two putt for bogey and a fall off the lead. The American had a brilliant back nine previous to this hitting 5 birdies on the trot.
Anthony Kim is looking to get back to form after his thumb injury and is playing only his 7th round since his comeback. The American held onto Evens and lies in T106 after the first round.
The best of the European players participating was Scotland’s Michael Laird who finished on 67 and three-under-par.