The BMW Masters kicked off on Thursday as the best in European golf took the stage at the 2013 Race to Dubai.
Europe's equivalent of the FedEx Cup, the season-long race spans 25 countries and 46 tournaments. With 18 holes in the books at the BMW Masters, expect more excitement as the tournament goes on.
Let's take a look at predictions of the Race to Dubai leaders after this weekend's tournament.
|2013 Race to Dubai: Projected Standings After BMW Masters|
BMW Masters Day 1 Standouts
Luke Guthrie (-7)
With the PGA Tour done, American Luke Guthrie has taken his talents to Europe for the BMW Masters and got out to an early lead with a stellar round.
At seven-under par, Guthrie holds a three-shot lead over John Daly in a leaderboard that is loaded with American golfers. Peter Uihlein, the only other American in the field, is alone in third place at three-under.
According to an Associated Press report via ESPN, Guthrie's round of 65 was 9.67 shots better than the course average for Thursday.
It's a rare appearance in Europe for Guthrie, but it could not have started any better as the 23-year-old is in the driver's seat for the BMW Masters.
John Daly (-4)
John Daly returned from a three-month absence on Thursday, and got off to a hot start with a four-under round of 68 to ease into second place.
Daly missed much of the season after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his elbow, according to Golf Channel.
The popular American golfer didn't record a single bogey on the day, and after only playing in 12 events this year before Thursday's return, it's a promising start for the 47-year-old.
Graeme McDowell (-3)
While the start of the tournament has been dominated by American golfers, the three U.S. natives have one of Europe's best on their tails.
Graeme McDowell got off to a strong start on Thursday's opening round, posting a round of 69 and proving to be a contender for what would be his third win of the Tour season.
Second in the Race to Dubai standings to Henrik Stenson, who owns a massive lead, McDowell will need to tear it up over the final few tournaments.
If he plays like he did Thursday, he might end up having a chance at doing so.