Tiger Woods delivered a masterclass as the 15-time major champion earned a share of the lead after round one at the Zozo Championship.

American superstar Woods rode a birdie spree to card a stunning six-under-par 64 and join Gary Woodland atop the leaderboard on Thursday.

Featuring at the first official PGA Tour tournament held in Japan, Woods endured a nightmare start at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where the former world number one found water after his opening tee shot.

Another shot went into the trees as Masters champion Woods was left reeling at three over through just three holes in Inzai, Chiba.

However, Woods, who underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, produced a remarkable recovery, making nine birdies over the ensuing 15 holes to catapult himself up the standings.

"I certainly was not expecting to shoot six under after that start,'' said Woods following his career-low season-opening round. "That was a very ugly start.

"To be able to flip it like that, I felt if I could get to under par for that, I figure most of the guys would be about two, three under par with the wind blowing as hard as it was today, that I wouldn't be that far behind. It flipped and I got hot and made a bunch of putts.''

Woods and fellow American Woodland held a one-shot lead over Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who birdied the last to reduce the deficit heading into day two of the inaugural event, while Daniel Berger, Sung Kang and Ryan Palmer were tied at three under.

Justin Thomas – fresh off his CJ Cup triumph in South Korea last week – posted an even-par 70.

Thomas had three birdies and as many bogeys to be in an eight-way tie for 25th, alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia and Danny Lee.

It was a tough start for four-time major winner and FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, who shot a 72 to be eight shots off the pace, while Jason Day was a stroke worse off at three over and Jordan Spieth stood four over.

Sergio Garcia won the KLM Open by one shot after Callum Shinkwin squandered his chance to claim a maiden European Tour title.

Garcia and Shinkwin share the lead on 15 under heading into the final round at The International.

It was the experienced Spaniard who held his nerve to claim a 16th European Tour title, carding a three-under 69 to finish a stroke clear of 18-year-old Dane Nicolai Hojgaard.

The 2017 Masters champion hit the turn in 35 following a mixed start, with birdies at three of the first four holes but three bogeys on the front nine in Amsterdam.

Shinkwin led by a shot with nine holes to play, but Garcia's return of three more gains and just one bogey at the penultimate hole were enough for the Ryder Cup legend to take the honours.

Englishman Shinkwin finished back in fifth place on 13 under, a double-bogey six at the 10th and bogeys at two of the last three holes proving costly.

Hojgaard signed for a closing 68 to take second place outright, while Matt Wallace was a shot further back after he matched the teenager's round.

James Morrison was fourth ahead of Shinkwin, who withdrew from his last two European Tour events after being affected by food poisoning followed by a back injury.

Sergio Garcia holds a share of the lead with Callum Shinkwin going into the final day of the KLM Open, while Matt Wallace broke the course record with a 63 at The International.

Seeking a first win of 2019, his last triumph having come at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters last October, Garcia carded a third-round 66 in Amsterdam on Saturday.

That moved the former Masters champion to 15 under par for the tournament. He and Shinkwin sit two shots clear of Nicolai Hojgaard in third.

Overnight leader Scott Jamieson tumbled out of contention with a miserable four-over 76, a double bogey on the third setting the tone for a day to forget.

That opened the door for Garcia, who hit six birdies - including vital gains at 17 and 18 - in a bogey-free round that ensured he has only dropped one shot through 54 holes.

His chief competition on Sunday will come from world number 446 Shinkwin, who withdrew from his last two European Tour events after being affected by food poisoning followed by a back injury.

The Englishman matched Garcia's six-under effort on moving day courtesy of three birdies in the final five holes.

Shinkwin's compatriot James Morrison is within striking distance three strokes off the pace, just behind Denmark's Hojgaard.

Wallace is also in contention after a stunning round which was three shots better than anyone else in the field. He is in a tie for fifth with Matthew Southgate and Steven Brown, four shots behind the leaders at 11 under.

Further down the leaderboard, Patrick Reed shot 70 to move on to five under par – putting him 10 behind Garcia and Shinkwin.

Sergio Garcia is two shots off the lead after two rounds of the KLM Open, with Scott Jamieson's superb seven-under-par 65 moving him top of the leaderboard.

Garcia followed a 68 in the opening round at The International in Amsterdam with a five-under 67 on Friday to stay in the chasing pack.

But that was not enough to claim the lead at the mid-point stage of the tournament as Jamieson set the pace at 11-under going into the weekend.

A blemish-free round saw the Scot record a trio of birdies on the front nine, while four more on the way home left him well in the hunt for his first title since lifting the Nelson Mandela Championship in December 2012 (part of the European Tour's 2013 season).

Day one leader Callum Shinkwin is level with Garcia at nine-under with fellow Englishmen Matthew Southgate and James Morrison, who hit two eagles in the last four holes on a day that could have yielded more with his card also showing five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

Among the top rounds of the day was Troy Merritt's seven under, with the American firing six birdies in a row during his stunning 65, a score matched by Yusaku Miyazato as well as Bradley Dredge after the Welshman's eagle at the last.

The 2015 champion Thomas Pieters is seven under while Matt Wallace bounced back from an opening 75 by posting 67 to move two under, one shot behind Patrick Reed, while Lee Westwood will miss the cut after rounds of 70 and 75.

Callum Shinkwin holds a one-shot lead after the first round of the 100th edition of the KLM Open and Sergio Garcia made an encouraging start.

Englishman Shinkwin, battling to keep his European Tour card, shot a six-under 66 to set the pace at The International in Amsterdam on Thursday.

World number 446 Shinkwin made an eagle at the third and completed a bogey-free back nine, dropping just the one shot in an impressive opening round.

"My golf as of late has not been great, as has my health as well," Shinkwin, who has had a back problem and suffered a recent bout of food poisoning, said.

"The golf is still not there, still very uncomfortable, but I managed to turn it round today and shoot a good round of 66. I'm just working hard and if I'm feeling uncomfortable then that means I'm doing the right things."

Garcia is sitting two shots off the pace following a bogey-free round of 68, with a couple of gains on the front nine and as many after the turn.

Shinkwin's compatriots Chris Paisley, Matthew Southgate and Sam Horsfield are among seven players just one stroke off the pace.

Defending champion Wu Ashun is well poised on three under along with Joost Luiten, a two-time winner of the tournament. 

Luiten, who played with Wu, holed six birdies to go out in 30, but dropped shots at the 11th, 15th and 18th.

Patrick Reed shot a level-par 72, with Lee Westwood two-under, Thomas Pieters one-under and Matt Wallace well off the pace following a 75.

Mike Lorenzo-Vera showed no sign of a wedding hangover as his stunning back nine earned a share of the European Masters lead, while Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia enjoyed solid starts in Crans-Montana.

Newlywed Lorenzo-Vera picked up six shots after the turn in his opening round to join Matthias Schwab at the top of the leaderboard at the end of Thursday's action.

The highlight of the Frenchman's day was an eagle on the par-five 14th, which came amid a run of five strokes gained in four holes. 

Having taken a prolonged break to get married and move into a new house, Lorenzo-Vera was pleased with his start in Switzerland.

"I'm very happy because I just had five weeks off," he said in quotes reported by the European Tour. "It was a stressful five weeks with a wedding and moving plus two kids. I managed to bring the head together pretty well.

"The best thing to do [with so much going on] is to have a very, very good psychologist, that you call often. I'm not kidding, that's really what I do. Try to clean the head as much as possible outside the tournaments, and come here fresh and ready to play golf."

Mikko Korhonen, Sebastian Soderberg and Lorenzo Gagli sat one stroke off the leading duo, while Tommy Fleetwood was in a six-way split of sixth on five under. Garcia, the 2005 champion, formed part of a group of players three shots back after a bogey-free 66.

McIlroy continued the strong form that saw him win the Tour Championship last weekend by carding a three-under 67.

The Northern Irishman moved up to second in the world rankings after claiming the FedExCup and has his eyes firmly on displacing number one Brooks Koepka.

"I feel like when I'm playing my best, I'm the best player in the world," McIlroy told Sky Sports.

"I'd like to get back there. It's been a goal of mine for a while. I haven't experienced that summit for the last four years.

"So I feel like with the work that I'm putting in and the consistent golf that I'm playing, hopefully it's only a matter of time."

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