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managed a 67 in the Honda Classic on Thursday.

  • November 14, 2017 6:14 PM PST

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. Roberto Luongo Jersey . -- Zach Johnson made a quadruple-bogey 8 on his second hole and still managed a 67 in the Honda Classic on Thursday. Tiger Woods had good birdie chances on his opening four holes and couldnt break par. Johnson made seven birdies after his soggy start -- two straight shots into the water -- and it took a few minutes for him to digest a wild round at PGA National. He looked as though he might have shot himself out of the tournament, but he ended the round two shots behind co-leaders William McGirt and Rory Sabbatini among the early starters. "It was easy to put behind me because it was the second hole," Johnson said. Woods was playing for the first time in a month -- and only his third tournament this year -- and he didnt show many signs of rounding into form. Coming off pedestrian finishes at Torrey Pines and Dubai, the worlds No. 1 player couldnt make any putts until he was scrambling for par. He had only three birdies in a round of 71 and likely will start the second round Friday outside the cut line. "I hit it good starting out," Woods said. "Hit it kind of scrappy in the middle and then hit it good at the end." The big blow came on No. 2 when he pulled his tee shot into thick rough, advanced the ball only about 25 yards, found a bunker and took double bogey. British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy were among the late starters at a tournament that features seven of the top nine players in the world, making it the strongest regular PGA Tour event of the season. McGirt is getting used to this position. Just two weeks ago, he had a two-shot lead going into the final round at Riviera until he closed with a 73 and tied for sixth. In his next start, hes right back at the top. McGirt had a tap-in eagle at No. 3 and kept bogeys off his card. "About as well as Ive played since Ive been out here," McGirt said. "Just stayed out of my own way." Sabbatini is a past winner at the Honda Classic. Brendon de Jonge, Derek Ernst, Tommy Gainey and Brice Garnett were among those at 66, while Luke Donald joined Johnson in the group at 67. Johnson had a day to remember. Anyone with an 8 on the card before breakfast gets cold has reason to think the tournament effectively is over. Johnson looked to be in shock as he stood in the 11th fairway. He was between a 6-iron and a 7-iron, went for the 6-iron and saw it come down in the water. Because he carried the water the entire way, he had to drop well back in the fairway. Johnson went up 10 paces (still behind the hazard line) and went with the 7-iron. That didnt make it. So he took a few steps back and changed to the 6-iron and pulled that to the left back of the green. "That was the worst shot I hit of the three," he said. But instead of getting down, Johnson thought back to the time he was in the second stage of Q-school. On the opening hole, he took an 8. "I hit the ball eight times without a penalty," he said. "And I finished second." He still had at least 34 holes remaining and started putting them to good use, especially how he closed out the back nine with three straight birdies. "Not surprising knowing how tough this guy is," said Woods, who played alongside Johnson and wound up four shots worse. "He was pretty stoked about what he did today." Woods is still trying to emerge. As the defending champion and an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, he missed the 54-hole cut. At Dubai, where he was a two-time winner, he tied for 41st. Woods has played in only four tournaments, not including the Presidents Cup, since the Tour Championship last September. He talked Wednesday about possibly altering his pre-Masters schedule, though he has not made clear what he meant by that. The biggest issue was converting birdie chances. He opened with three shots pin-high, two from about 18 feet, the other from 6 feet, and never touched the hole. "It certainly wasnt together today," he said. "Didnt get into a roll early." Aleksander Barkov Jersey . The 19-year-old from Westmount, Que., was edged 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3 by third-seeded Alize Cornet of France. Cornet broke Bouchard twice in the last set and saved six break points in the three-hour match. Nick Bjugstad Jersey . LOUIS -- The Atlanta Braves used a two-run rally in the ninth to end their road trip with a win. OAKLAND, Calif. -- On a day when his fastball didnt have much bite and his breaking pitches were flat, Jesse Chavez finally got the victory that had eluded him through the first two weeks of the season. The 30-year-old starter also managed to carve a spot in the Athletics history books along the way. Chavez combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs to help Oakland beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on Sunday to complete a series sweep. "Today was one of those days where I had to make pitches and see pretty much what I was made of as a starter," said Chavez after lowering his team-leading ERA to 1.38. "The only thing I had pretty much working today was my changeup. That was a good pitch that I needed." Chavez (1-0) allowed four hits over six innings and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced after giving up a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the fourth. He struck out three, walked one and became the first pitcher in franchise history to be on the opening- day roster and allow one earned run or less in six innings during each of his first four starts. Not bad for a guy who was on the fringe of the As rotation until injuries sidelined Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin. "I think hell tell you he struggled with his command moreso today than any other day," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Thats really the mark of a good pitcher, when you dont have your best stuff. Hes been focused and ready for that opportunity and continues to run with it." Josh Donaldson homered and doubled twice while Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard added two hits apiece for the As, who have won 11 of 13. Oakland has the best record in the American League despite a shaky defence that committed its AL-leading 19th error. Gonzalez had two hits for the Astros. Houston has dropped seven straight. "We have an underperforming team right now, and when you underperform and make the mistakes that we make this is going to be the result," manager Bo Porter said. Donaldson hit a two-run homer off Houston starter Brad Peacock in the first and added an RBI double in the seventh. He also had a two-out double in the fifth. That helped offset an early miscue by Oaklands third baseeman. Michael Matheson Jersey. Donaldson bobbled George Springers grounder in the third, extending the teams worst defensive stretch since 2011. Lowrie, the shortstop, also dropped a high popup by Springer in the eighth, marking four straight games in which the As have committed at least two errors. Overall, Oakland has made an error in nine consecutive games. "I dont like it," Melvin said. "You cant continually play defence like this and get away with it." Three of Houstons first four batters reached base before Oaklands young right-hander settled down. After catcher John Jaso threw out Jose Altuve trying to steal third, Chavez got Marc Krauss to fly out. The Astros also had two runners on with two outs in the third following Donaldsons fielding error but Chavez retired Krauss on a deep fly to right. Houston managed just one baserunner against Chavez after that, a one-out walk to Dexter Fowler in the fifth. Jim Johnson, still trying to win back the As closer spot, replaced Chavez to start the seventh and retired the first two batters before walking Altuve. After Fowler reached when his sharp comebacker deflected off Johnson, reliever Sean Doolittle came in and got Jason Castro to fly out to left. Luke Gregerson pitched the ninth for his third save. Donaldsons two-run home run off Peacock (0-2) in the first put the As up 2-0. Lowrie singled with one out before Donaldson hit the 3-1 pitch to left. Gonzalez, who singled off Chavez in the second, hit a two-out home run in the fourth to cut it to 2-1. Donaldson doubled in Coco Crisp in the seventh and Lowrie scored on a passed ball in the same inning. Peacock struck out four and walked three in his first start of the season. The former Oakland prospect, who began the year in Houstons bullpen, allowed five hits over five innings. NOTES: Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the top of the seventh with a bruised right heel. ... Gonzalezs home run was his first since June 5, 2013. ... Oakland OF Sam Fuld was claimed off waivers by Minnesota. ... Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-1) pitches the series opener against Seattle on Monday. ... RHP Dan Straily (1-1) faces the Rangers for Oakland is 3-1 in six career starts against Texas. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '