The world number 26, already a winner this year on the US Tour at Torrey Pines in January, shrugged off the disruption to take the first three holes with just 11 borrowed clubs.
"I used John Senden's back-up driver and it worked really well, so I think it's mine now. The putter I got from the pro shop - they haven't charged me yet!" the chirpy American said.
Bjorn has been suffering with a virus but Snedeker showed no mercy, moving to five up through six holes as his bag arrived from Malaga Airport, allowing the 31-year-old to have the maximum 14 clubs.
In the day's other matches defending champion