FIRST ROUND LEADERBOARD:
-5 S Maruyama (Jpn) -4 G Ogilvy (Aus), N Green (Aus), B Gay (USA), B Weekley (USA), W Simpson (USA)
Selected others: -3 L Donald (Eng) -2 KJ Choi (Kor)
Injury forced Donald to miss The Open and the Ryder Cup last year
Luke Donald continued his comeback from a wrist injury to fire a three-under-par 67 at the Sony Open in Honolulu.
The Englishman, who was out of action for five months last year, lies two shots behind leader Shigeki Maruyama in his first PGA Tour event of the year.
"I played pretty solid for most of the day," said Donald, 31. "I made a couple of silly bogeys, but I think you are going to do that on days like this."
Five players shot 66 to sit a stroke behind Maruyama in second place.
Donald added: "They were tough conditions but I made plenty of birdies, which is always a good sign, and I'm swinging well and controlling my trajectory well.
"It's early, my first round of the year, so I'm not going to get too excited - but it was a good, solid start."
Among the players in a group on four-under is Geoff Ogilvy, who cruised to a six-stroke victory at the Mercedes-Benz Championship last week.
"I think everyone who played last week is at an advantage coming here because they have all got a week of tournament golf under their belt," said the Australian.
Defending champion KJ Choi, who opened with a six-under-par 64 last year and went on to a wire-to-wire victory, shot a 68.