Tiger Woods shot his best round in more than two years Thursday, shooting a 6-under 64 at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

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Woods shoots 64

Tiger Woods shot his best round in more than two years Thursday, shooting a 6-under 64 at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, William McGirt and Tom Hoge shared the first-round lead at 62.

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.

He and the others took advantage of a low-scoring day at what he called a “tricky” Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club that gave up bunches of birdies after morning showers softened the fairways and greens.

Woods set the tone by holing a 54-foot chip shot on his first hole, the par-4 10th, for the first of his seven birdies.

“Finally,” he said, “I got something out of my round.”

Woods arrived insisting he was playing better than his recent results indicate.

“I know it’s crazy to say, but I wasn’t playing that poorly at PGA,” Woods said. “Any borderline shot (at Whistling Straits) I never got away with it, and that’s the way it goes. I felt like I was hitting the ball good enough and just kept progressing, and today was just a continuation of it.”

Ryan Moore from Puyallup shot a 66. Former Husky Troy Kelly and Kyle Stanley from Gig Harbor each had a 68. Michael Putnam from University Place and former Husky Alex Prugh each shot a 70. Former Husky Nick Taylor had a 71. Andres Gonzales from Olympia shot a 73. Andrew Putnam from University Place had a 74.

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 in Coquitlam, B.C.

Two-time champion Lydia Ko was second after a 67.

Stacy Lewis, I.K. Kim, Danah Bordner and Pernilla Lindberg shot 68.

Canadian teen Brooke Henderson, coming off a victory Sunday in the Portland Classic, opened with a 70.

Former Husky Sadena Parks also shot a 70. Former Husky SooBin Kim had a 73, and teammate Jing Yan shot a 77.


Raptor gets extension

The Toronto Raptors and center Jonas Valanciunas announced a four-year contract extension. The deal is worth $64 million, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press.

The 23-year-old Lithuanian was the fifth overall pick in 2011. He has averaged 10.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 223 career games.


Howard, Beasley called up

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced that coach Jurgen Klinsmann had called up goalkeeper Tim Howard and veteran defender DaMarcus Beasley for exhibitions next month against Peru and Brazil.

Klinsmann said that for now Howard is the No. 2 goalie behind Brad Guzan, who started while Howard took a year off from the national team for family reasons after his stellar performance at the World Cup.

Little League baseball

First games rained out

All four games at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., were washed out, setting up a delayed start with all 16 teams playing Friday.


Djokovic rallies for victory

Novak Djokovic from Serbia rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final set for a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over David Goffin of Belgium, reaching the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open in suburban Cincinnati. Serena Williams needed only 54 minutes to beat Karin Knapp of Italy 6-0, 6-2.

A review board has up to four months to decide whether and when Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison into house arrest, a spokesman for South Africa’s justice ministry said.

Two days before he was due to leave prison, Pistorius’ early release was put on hold by South Africa’s justice department, which sent his case back to a parole review board. Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner, was convicted last year of manslaughter for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.


• A Maricopa County (Ariz.) Superior Court judge has denied Glory Johnson’s request for $20,000 a month in spousal support from WNBA star Brittney Griner after their 28-day marriage.

• Golden State Warriors rookie forward Kevon Looney will miss at least four to six months after undergoing surgery on his right hip.

J.R. Smith wrote on his Instagram account that he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

• Boise State basketball player Dezmyn Trent, who is facing a felony charge in a drive-by shooting in Tacoma, has been dismissed from the team.