Four days after beating Tiger Woods in Shanghai David Howell yesterday did something else he has never done - sign for a round of 59.
Not that the 30-year-old achieved the feat on his own, though. Howell had Luke Donald as his partner and the score came in the opening fourballs of golf's World Cup at Vilamoura in Portugal.
Not surprisingly, it gave holders England the firstround lead - but only by a stroke from India and Australia.
Donald won the title with Paul Casey a year ago and, as the leading Englishman in the world rankings two months ago, thought long and hard about whether it was right to name Casey as his partner again.
In the end he went with Howell because he was next on the rankings and he certainly has no cause for regrets after this display. They are each on course to become almost £400,000 richer on Sunday.
The Swindon golfer, riding the crest of a wave thanks to his stunning victory over Woods in the HSBC Champions tournament on Sunday, picked up exactly where he left off in China.
After a birdie on the second he smashed a five-wood 246 yards to five feet at the next and made the eagle putt.
When two birdies quickly followed - and Donald had one in between - Howell said: "I had a general feeling of things can't go any better for me at the moment."
He could not maintain the same pace but that was when Donald, 15th in the world compared to Howell's 13th, stepped in.
A hat-trick of birdies took them to the turn in 29 and by the time they reached the final tee a par was all that was needed to break 60.
"We both knew but it wasn't mentioned," added Howell, who in trying to stay aggressive hit his approach off the rocks into the lake and left the job to his partner.
Donald was on the green in two but nearly 40 feet from the flag and when that ran eight feet past it looked as if they might miss out on a magical mark which was new territory for both of them.
Donald said: "I knew the importance to make 59, so it was a big putt and I was very glad it went in."
Mark Hensby and Peter Lonard, making their debuts in the event, came home in 29 to catch Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa, who are delighted just to be among the 24 teams.
A total of 31 players turned down the tournament and only because of that were India among the 18 exempt nations.
"It came as a shock," Atwal said. "We had two other guys from India who were ready to qualify. I think Jyoti was told the day before they were actually going to leave and I was in the States.
"I didn't have any plans to play in the World Cup, so it was a good shock."
Welsh pair Bradley Dredge and Stephen Dodd, trying to emulate Ian Woosnam and David Llewellyn's victory in 1987, were joint fourth with Swedes Henrik Stenson and Niclas Fasth after an 11-under 61.
Dredge, playing for the fourth time with his third partner (Woosnam and Phillip Price were the others) had six birdies and Dodd, appearing for the first time, five.
For Dredge, in particular, it was an eventful day. His sports psychologist John Pates was given a three-month European Tour ban - effective from the start of next month - after being involved in a scuffle with his former caddie Rick Brand in Shanghai last week.
Brand, who now works with Holland's Robert-Jan Derksen, was fined an undisclosed amount.
Asked what Pates teaches him, Dredge could not help laughing when he replied: "Be more aggressive." Stephen Gallacher, another who uses Pates, combined with Scott Drummond for a seven-under-par 65 which leaves Scotland in joint 13th place.
Six under after ten holes, they had something better in mind but both were in the water for a bogey six on the long 12th.
The event switches to the more difficult foursomes today and Gallacher said: "That's when the tournament starts. The last time I played it was in the 1995 Walker Cup."
Woods was on the opposite side then and tasted defeat.
"We wanted a couple better today, but we're still in it and if we have a good day then we can give it a rip on Saturday."
It is back to fourballs then. Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington, winners on 1997 and among the favourites this time, find themselves only one shot off last place following a desperate 67.
That included two bogeys. On the ninth McGinley was almost hit by his ball when it rebounded off a tree right in front of him and Harrington then missed the green while on the 463-yard last McGinley hit his second into the water and his partner could not save par again after driving into the rough.
On the incident at the ninth Harrington said: "I never saw it but Paul did looked shocked - he was definitely startled by it.
"We never holed a putt and you've got to do that to make birdies. It was just one of those days."
Americans Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson are alongside Scotland - after both found the water on the 12th as well.