Tiger Woods ran off five birdies in six holes around the turn for a 3-under-par 68, leaving him five shots behind leaders Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa at the PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National at Gainesville, Va., on Thursday.
The 68 was only his sixth round under 70 this year. He has had three scores of 80 or higher and has missed three cuts and withdrawn once in eight events.
"That's what scoring is all about," said Woods, who has plummeted to 266th in the world. "I made a lot of key putts today. I ran them by the hole but I made all the comebacks, and overall I felt like I hit the ball well enough to turn it around. It was nice to actually turn it around."
Woods is the host of the tournament, which he won in 2009 and 2012 at Congressional in Maryland. The last of his 79 PGA Tour victories was nearly two years ago.
In soft conditions with little wind, Woods' 68 was only good for a tie for 27th. Players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls on rain-softened fairways, and 81 of them managed to break par.
Trump shows up at Women's British Open
Hyo-Joo Kim shot 7-under 65 in the first round of the Women's British Open in Turnberry, Scotland, although the day was upstaged by a show-stealing arrival by Donald Trump. The American presidential candidate landed in a private helicopter to begin a two-day visit at the tournament at his Turnberry resort in western Scotland.
The fourth-ranked Kim, who shot a first-round 61 in winning the Evian Championship on her major championship debut last year, was leading by one stroke over 18-year-old Lydia Ko and American veteran Cristie Kerr.
"I was like, 'Man, that's a really nice helicopter,' " Ko said. "I would love one."
Top-ranked Inbee Park began her quest to complete a sweep of the majors by shooting 69.
Voracek signs big extension
The Philadelphia Flyers locked up Jake Voracek, signing the forward to a reported eight-year, $66 million contract extension.
The 25-year-old, who led the Flyers with a career-high 81 points last season, still has one year left on his four-year, $17 million contract. His new deal will be in effect for the 2016-17 season and last until 2023-24.
Voracek will be entering his eighth NHL season and fifth with Philadelphia.
Galchenyuk gets two-year deal
Montreal and restricted free agent Alex Galchenyuk agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The 21-year-old Milwaukee native had career highs with 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points last season.
AROUND THE HORN
Minnesota Scene: The St. Paul Saints stranded 13 runners, leaving at least one man on in eight of nine innings, in a 3-1 loss at Gary. Jose Sermo drove in two runs and also scored for the Railcats.
College football: Ohio State received 62 of 64 first-place votes in the first coaches' poll of the year. No. 2 Texas Christian and No. 3 Alabama received the other two first-place votes. The poll is no longer part of the process that determines the national champion.
NBA: Nicki Gross was named an assistant coach with the Iowa Energy, making her the only female to fill that role in the NBA D-League. Iowa is a Memphis Grizzlies affiliate. … The New York Knicks signed first-round draft picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant, and they also re-signed former Timberwolves forward Lou Amundson.
WNBA: DeWanna Bonner had 24 points and nine rebounds and Phoenix beat host Tulsa 78-66 in the Shock's first game since its Dallas relocation announcement.
Tennis: Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka pulled out of next week's Citi Open hard-court tournament in Washington, D.C., because of an injured right shoulder.