Retief Goosen takes the lead of Mitsubishi Electric Championship after first round

Gene Sauers sinks a birdie putt on the 17th hole at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Sauers sits in a six-way tie for eighth place at -4 after the first round. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Retief Goosen tees off at the first hole of the Four Seasons Hualalai’s Jack Nicklaus course in the first day of play at the 25th Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. After one round, Goosen held sole possession of the lead at -10. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

With consecutive rounds of success and an old putter in his bag, familiarity was the key to Retief Goosen’s success at Hualalai Golf Course on Thursday.