Smith returned to the scene of his early Asian Tour playing days where he continued to produce another assured performance with a sparkling 64.
Once known as "Jordan Spieth's friend", the Louisville, Kentucky-born golfer returns to Southeast Asia as the PGA Tour's player of the year and in the wake of an impressive debut for the United States in their dominant Presidents Cup win.
Xander Schauffele has only had two weeks off since winning the Tour Championship, and his Rookie of the Year trophy hasn't even had a chance to start collecting dust yet.
A fine approach shot on the 14th left a short putt for another gain and he closed his round with back-to-back birdies to hold a one-shot lead at the end of a first day that was played in stifling conditions.
"I was supposed to make a list of goals before I came out here and I failed to do so, which might be a good thing", Schauffele said. "This is a big event but there is no cut so I'm only feeling 50 per cent pressure".
"The longest hole here for me is on the 13th hole".
Zverev brutalises racquet in loss to Del Potro
Earlier on Thursday, Grigor Dimitrov booked his place in the quarter-finals, downing Sam Querrey 6-3 7-6 (7-3). I'm a bit pissed off about that, because I feel like I played well and I feel like that's the upsetting part.
Gal Gadot may to star in post WWII revenge thriller 'Ruin'
But apparently, " Ruins " is totally a world away from being a goddess, which she usually played during her previous movies . Indeed, this upcoming project is yet another significant role that the Israeli actress will portray on the big screen.
Former Colts DE Kendall Langford signs with Texans
He's an awesome human being, and he will work extremely hard to be back, to be back to play for this football team. The Texans also reportedly plan to sign Kendall Langford , according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson .