Day one at the US PGA Championship saw an eclectic group of players take advantage of benign conditions and true greens at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island. It will also be remembered as the day we saw an alligator eat a snake, but don't let that be a distraction to your enjoyment of the year's fourth and final Major.
At the end of a first round the rather unglamorous name atop the leaderboard was Sweden's Carl Pettersson, who didn't drop a shot in his immaculate six-under-par total of 66. Rory McIlroy was another who didn't give up a bogey, playing beautifully for a five-under-par 67.
The word from the McIlroy camp was that he was "back in the groove", we were told in the build-up to this tournament. The young Irishman justified such optimism with a purring performance that suggests he can be a serious factor this weekend. Having failed to mount a challenge at the Masters, US Open or Open Championship in 2012, McIlroy is ready for the talking to stop and the winning to start again.
His countryman and golfing brother-in-arms Graeme McDowell was another who put himself in the mix on Thursday. McDowell shot an entertaining 68, mixing seven birdies with three bogeys, and has shown enough form of late to suggest he can do the same on Friday. "I made a few bombs to offset a few mistakes," he admitted afterwards.
McDowell was joined by the varied likes of John Daly, Keegan Bradley, Aaron Baddeley and Geoff Ogilvy at four under. And also by Adam Scott, whose last Major appearance culminated in a desperate collapse at The Open. Scott bouncing back with a win would be quite the story.
As would a win for Tiger Woods - remember him? - who opened with a respectable three-under-par 69. Woods was solid but not spectacular, and will need to play better to finally end his Majors drought that dates back to 2008.
What happens next at this US PGA Championship will depend much on the weather.
The Ocean Course is a terrifying-looking links course hanging out over the Atlantic ocean. Playing over 7,600 yards and with fairways framed by wasteland, it's a layout capable of testing the very best if the wind blows. Thankfully for the players on Thursday, it barely blew at all.
Those out early had the best of the conditions. And may have given themselves a head start if the weather turns nasty on Friday, as some are suggesting it will.
Thursday was a gentle introduction for all but the snake was who eaten by an alligator. Friday may well be the turn of the US PGA field to get bitten by the golf course.