Tiger Woods had his best round in more than two years Thursday, shooting a 6-under 64 in the first round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
Two-time Minnesota State Amateur champion Tom Hoge of Fargo shared the first-round lead at 62 with Erik Compton and William McGirt in the PGA Tour's regular-season finale.
Morgan Hoffman, Jim Herman and Derek Ernst followed at 63, and Martin Kaymer, Davis Love III and Carl Pettersson joined Woods at 64. It was Woods' lowest score on the PGA Tour since a 61 in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.
The players took advantage of good scoring conditions after morning showers softened the fairways and greens at Donald Ross-designed Sedgefield Country Club.
Woods set the tone by holing a 54-foot chip shot on his first hole, the par-4 10th.
• Winless in 253 career LPGA Tour starts, Karine Icher had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. Canadian 17-year-old Brooke Henderson, coming off a victory Sunday in the Portland Classic, shot a 70.
• Arizona State senior Jon Rahm of Spain, the world's top-ranked amateur, won two matches to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals at Olympia Fields in Illinois.
Howard back for U.S.
Tim Howard's yearlong sabbatical from the U.S. national team is over, and the star goalkeeper is scheduled to rejoin the squad ahead of a Sept. 4 friendly against Peru at RFK Stadium in Washington.
Howard, 36, has not represented the United States since his breathtaking performance against Belgium in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He cited family reasons and the demands of international travel, opting to concentrate solely on his Premier League career with Everton.
Djokovic avoids upset
Novak Djokovic rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final set to a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over David Goffin, reaching the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.
Andy Murray recovered from a 5-2 deficit in the third set, survived a match point and pulled out a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory over Grigor Dimitrov. Rafael Nadal lost to fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
On the women's side, Serena Williams needed only 54 minutes to beat Karin Knapp 6-0, 6-2.
Around the horn
NBA: The Toronto Raptors and 7-foot center Jonas Valanciunas announced a four-year contract extension.
WNBA: A Maricopa County (Ariz.) Superior Court judge denied Glory Johnson's request for $20,000 a month in spousal support from WNBA star Brittney Griner after their 28-day marriage.
NHL: Paul Bittner, an 18-year-old left wing from Crookston, Minn., signed a three-year entry level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bittner was a second-round pick in this year's NHL draft.
College basketball: Kentucky signed Australian 7-footer Isaac Humphries.
Baseball: All four opening-day games at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., were rained out. Eight games are now set for Friday.