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Chalmers, Klauk share lead after first round

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Associated Press
July 17, 2009
— The U.S. Bank Championship has only a few notable names when compared with the British Open.

But the lack of star power doesn’t deter Greg Chalmers’ belief something amazing will happen—maybe even to him.


Chalmers shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to tie Jeff Klauk for the lead after the first round of the Milwaukee tournament on Thursday.


“I’ve played in several opposite-field events and it typically provides a fantastic story for someone if they’re not a named player,” Chalmers said.


“People talk about the great stories, the Tiger Woods, the Phil Mickelsons and all the top players, but sometimes some of the best stories are about the guys who are battling away and manage to find a week where they strike gold.”


Frank Lickliter II, Tag Ridings, Jason Gore and Skip Kendall all finished at 4-under 66.


The tournament that’s opposite the British Open and needs a new title sponsor gives many players a realistic shot at winning, like Chalmers, who was eighth on the Nationwide tour money list last season.


Still, a bogey-bogey start for these left-handed Chalmers could have buried him early, but he stuck with a simpler grip from earlier in his career and felt his putting was as strong as it has been all season.


“I’m 35 years old, I’m not 19 years old, I’ve got an idea of what it takes to stay competitive and ultimately if it was going to be a good day, certainly, getting down on it wasn’t going to help,” Chalmers said. “I got intrigued when I holed a 60 footer and a 30 footer two holes in a row. That sort of got my attention.”


Chalmers, who tinkered with his putting grip and chose a simpler approach, made birdies on five of his final six holes on the front nine, including the long putts on No. 4 and No. 5. He also birdied the final three holes.



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