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Gary Woodland shoots 1-over at Round 1 of Workday Charity Open

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Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland returned to action from a one-week break to shoot a one-over 73 during Thursday’s opening round of the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio.

Woodland started his round on the back nine and went bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie to get things started.

He added a double-bogey on the par-3 16th hole to move to two over par after nine holes. Woodland bogeyed again at No. 4 (his 13th hole of the day), but salvaged the round with a strong finish.

The Topeka native birdied two of his final five holes — Nos. 5 and 8 — to move closer to even par by day’s end and will look to take that momentum into Friday’s second round.

Woodland got off the tee at an average of 311.5 yards per drive on Thursday. And he hit nearly 78% of the course’s greens in regulation (on in one on a par 3, two on a par 4 and three on a par 5). But he lost 1.35 strokes to par on the putting green on Thursday.

Woodland will begin Round 2 at 6:34 a.m. Friday in a tie for 89th place.

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