The Ryder Cup star, who is without a win since capturing his seventh Tour title at the RBC Heritage in April 2014, then hit the par-five 13th green in two and drained the 20-foot chance for eagle, and he followed that with a birdie on 15 before coming close to chipping in for another eagle at the driveable par-four 17th.
Chris Kirk coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, sitting two strokes off the current lead set by Matt Kuchar.
He surged past Japan's Matsuyama, who was in the clubhouse on six-under 65, where he was later joined by Steele.
Kuchar has not competed since winning the unofficial Franklin Templeton Shootout with partner Harris English in early December and was delighted to produce sharp form in his first tournament of the year.More news: Camping Resets Body Clock, Even If It's a Short Trip
"I drove the ball really well, which around here you have to do", Kuchar said.
Golf Channel will begin coverage of of the Waste Management Phoenix Open 1st round at 2pm ET with a pregame show and coverage of on-course play will begin at 3pm on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3.
"I got a lot out of it".
Steele had twice gained the solo lead at seven-under, but back-to-back bogeys dropped him back to five-under before he gained a share of second with a birdie at the eighth, his penultimate hole. He rebounded with birdies on three of his last six holes.More news: Anastasios Leventis of Quebec man killed in Toronto shooting
"I wish I knew why I play well here but I did hit the ball very well today", said Matsuyama, speaking through an interpreter.
Matsuyama, who beat Rickie Fowler past year in a playoff, had a bogey-free round in the morning. South Korea's Kang Sung was four-under through 17 when darkness halted play with nine players still to finish.
Justin Thomas, already a three-time victor this year, and Jordan Spieth join the likes of Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed and Daniel Berger in a solid field.More news: Surface Phone, Surface Pro Major Updates Reportedly Coming in Q4 2017