Sergio Garcia scraped into the second round of the WGC World Matchplay after being taken to extra holes by Thongchai Jaidee, but Charles Schwartzel was an early big-name casualty on Thursday.
Play finally got underway after snow had halted proceedings on the opening day after just four hours of action, and the stoppage obviously did nothing for Garcia who emerged with a three-putt from ten feet.
Having failed to finish it with one shot the Spaniard was then taken to sudden death by Jaidee, who birdied the 18th from four feet and then lipped out from nine feet at the first additional hole.
But Garcia, who now has a 4-0 record when going to extra holes in the tournament, was on in two at the par five next and two putts for birdie proved good enough to set up a duel with American Matt Kuchar.
Ian Poulter, meanwhile, also let his lead against Stephen Gallacher slip, but the Englishman managed to hold on in the end to register a 2&1 win and set up a clash in the last 32 with American Bo Van Pelt.
Gallacher, three down with six to play when they resumed, won the 14th and made a 15-foot birdie putt at the next.
But Poulter, playing his first event since the opening week of January, had pitched to three feet there, made it for a half, then played a superb bunker recovery on the short 16th to maintain his advantage.
Winner of the Dubai Desert Classic on his last start three weeks ago, Gallacher had a long-range chance to extend the game at the 17th, but missed.
Justin Rose also stumbled over the line as he beat KJ Choi 2&1, meaning a mouth-watering match-up with Ryder Cup team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts in the next round.
The Belgian won comfortably as he put American Bill Haas out with a 5&4 success, while Australian Jason Day was also an emphatic 6&5 winner over Zach Johnson.
Bo Van Pelt was the first player to register a victory, though, beating Australian John Senden 6&5, but former Masters champion Schwartzel fell at the first hurdle as he was beaten 1up by American Russell Henley.
Jason Dufner was another big name to go out in the first round, losing at the hands of South African Richard Sterne.