LEE Westwood said he was “pleased” with his first round showing at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
The Worksop golfer is four shots adrift of Australian Jason Day after carding a round of 67 in Akron.
Westwood has started working with Dave Stockton on his putting and Bob Rotella on his mind and commented: “I’m not spending so much time over the ball.
“I feel like it freed my stroke a little bit. I catch myself a few times where I had to stand off it because I had taken too long over it.
“I got it right most of the time, it’s just a case of practising it. A 67 is never anything to complain about around this golf course, even when there’s not much wind and it’s playing soft. I was pleased with the way I played.”
Day, runner-up in both The Masters and US Open this season, out-scored playing partner Phil Mickelson and world number two Westwood by four in establishing an early three-stroke lead over a group which included 2009 Open champion Stewart Cink and Dane Thomas Bjorn.
Rory McIlroy, in his first start in America since capturing the US Open by eight shots in June, and world number one Luke Donald both returned 68s while Graeme McDowell finished one over.