The 30-year-old English posted his 66 in the afternoon, while Lewis took on the difficult PGA National in the morning when winds tormented the field.
The first-round scoring average was nearly two strokes over par, according to Data Golf, and the biggest names competing in the event were part of the reason why.
World No. 3 Brooks Koepka posted a 4-over 74 that consisted of a double- and triple-bogey. He also made a sloppy bogey on the par-5 18th, the second-easiest hole on the course.
Rickie Fowler, the 2017 Honda Classic winner, also struggled Thursday. He shot 76 with seven bogeys and one birdie. The 31-year-old sits in a tie for 132nd.
Here's how the top of the leaderboard stands after Round 1:
|Place||Player||To Par||R1 Score|
Round 2 begins Friday at 6:45 a.m. ET. Here is the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the week:
|Fri. Feb. 28||2-6 p.m.||Golf Channel|
|Sat. Feb. 29||1-3 p.m.
|Sun. Mar. 1|| 1-3 p.m.