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Helped by 11 1-putt greens, Greg Chalmers shoots 5-under 66

Helped by 11 1-putt greens, Greg Chalmers shoots 5-under 66

Birdie runs seemed to be the biggest difference between an average score and a good score in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National on Thursday at Congressional Country Club.

First-round leader Greg Chalmers of Australia put together three straight birdies to close the front nine and finished at 5-under-par 66. Erik Compton also had four in a row on the front — his back nine — to shoot 68.

Chalmers leads Ricky Barnes and Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden by one stroke. Four players — Compton, defending champion Bill Haas, Patrick Reed and...

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