George Digweed told Clay Shooting that he was two targets light of where he should have been at Hepworth Hall during the first day of the Essex Masters.
His score of 191ex-200 leads a pack of top guns, with Richard Faulds just one behind him.
If George’s score is tied, it is unlikely that he will be able to compete in a shoot-off as the 26-time world champion is committed to shooting in the FITASC Italian Grand Prix this weekend.
But for George, 2016 is not about winning everything given the home invasion and physical attack he and his wife Kate suffered on Sunday 20 February.
He said: “We’ll see what happens but given what we’ve gone through the past few weeks, I’ve pretty much written this year off. It’s just nice to be out there shooting, and great to see everyone, because if I had been hit an inch or two lower I would be blind and wouldn’t have been able to shoot, or they might have just killed me.”
Other top scores include John Lee on 188, Martin Myers with 185, the defending champion Mark Winser hit 184, ahead of Nick Hendrick and Jamie Brightman on 183, and Henry Arnold on 180.