Chalmers opens with lead, as Tiger returns to golf

First Round – PGA Tour – Quicken Loans National –Congressional Country Club Blue Course – Bethesda, Maryland –

Australia’s Greg Chalmers, who has struggled much of 2o14, opened with a 5-under-66 to secure the overnight lead at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National.

The 40-year-old managed six birdies against a lone bogey at Congressional Country Club Thursday and posted a one-shot lead over Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson.

Erik Compton, a runner-up at the U.S. Open, is T-3 after posting a 3-under round. He is tied with Patrick Reed, a multiple-time champion on tour this season, and defending champion Bill Haas.

K.J. Choi and Retief Goosen are part of a group at 2-under and in the mix.

Tiger Woods, making his return to competitive golf, shot 3-over-74 carding four birdies in all. He stumbled late with bogeys on three of his last four holes. He is T-83 along with Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose.

Chalmers finished 124th on the PGA Tour money list a season ago playing in 24 events, but he was first in Strokes Gained Putting. He came into the tournament with just one Top 10 this season – back at The McGladrey Classic in fall 2013. listed the Aussie as a whopping 250-to-1 long shot to win at Congressional. He has a long way to go for the 296th ranked player in the world, but he has a number of international victories on his resume.

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  • The LPGA Tour tees off Friday in the 54-hole Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club. Inbee Park is defending champion.
  • Colin Montgomerie, who won the Senior PGA Championship in May, had his round to 5-under through 11 at the Senior Players before slipping up three bogeys over his last four holes. He settled for 1-under-69 and sits T-29 after 18 holes.
  • Rafael Cabrera Bello and Danny Willett co-lead the European Tour’s BMW International Open in Germany after firing 8-under-64s in the opening round. Alvaro Quiros is T-3 after a 66, while Brandon Grace and Miguel Angel Jimenez are T-10 after 67s.
  • Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer struggled to 1-under rounds at the BMW International Thursday. They are T-65 and need solid rounds Friday to hang around for the weekend. World No. 2 Henrik Stenson shot 4-under and sits T-19.