Date: July 17, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Chalmers on top in Milwaukee

Australia&aposs Greg Chalmers overcame a horror start to claim a share of the lead at the end of the first round of the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Chalmers hit bogeys at each of the first two holes, but from there on was faultless as he claimed eight birdies – including five in his last six – in a six-under-par round of 64. With him on six-under was Jeff Klauk of the United States, who hit seven birdies and a bogey in his opening round. He used just nine putts in his opening nine holes. Two strokes behind them were four Americans in a tie for third. Frank Lickliter II, Tag Ridings, Jason Gore and Skip Kendall all hit rounds of 66. Of a small European contingent, Sweden&aposs Mathias Gronberg led the way on two-over. His compatriot Jesper Parnevik was another stroke back, alongside England&aposs Brian Davis. Chalmers felt not getting down on himself after his poor start was the key to his turnaround. He said: “I&aposm 35 years old, I&aposm not 19 years old, I&aposve 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&apost going to help.” “I got intrigued when I holed a 60-footer and a 30-footer two holes in a row. That sort of got my attention.” With most of the game&aposs stars in Britain for The Open, Chalmers believes the tournament provides an excellent chance for those playing in Milwaukee. “I&aposve played in several opposite-field events and it typically provides a fantastic story for someone if they&aposre not a named player,” Chalmers said on “It could be a first-time winner, it could be someone who goes from nowhere to somewhere very quickly.” “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.” PGA Tour rookie Klauk added: “These tournaments are definitely an opportunity, but you still have to play well.” “I think if you play well any week, you&aposre going to have a chance on Sunday.” “You might not have a lot of the guys here but the depth of the PGA Tour – it&aposs very deep, everybody&aposs good.”