Tiger Woods was the most-talked about golfer on the course at the first round of Quicken Loans National at Congressional on Thursday, but he definitely wasn’t the best.
Australia’s Greg Chalmers took the top spot on the leader board, firing a 5-under 66 on the tournament’s first day.
Chalmers bogeyed the first hole, then turned things around with four straight birdies between No. 7 and No. 10.
Chalmers has a one-stroke lead over Ricky Barnes and Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson. Twenty-six players shot under par.
Woods was not one of them, finishing with a 3-over 74 and showing a considerable amount of rust in his first tournament back since early March.
He was 2-over with a pair of bogeys after three holes, then fired three birdies between 4 and 8 to hit the turn at 1-under.
The bogeys returned in force on the back nine – he had five and just one birdie – to finish the erratic round. Playing partner Jordan Spieth also shot a 74, and was also 1-under at the turn.
Spieth committed four bogeys in a five-hole stretch to start the back nine.