Graeme McDowell is five shots behind leader Grayson Murray in Texas Open

Graeme McDowell is five shots behind leader Grayson Murray in Texas Open

Grayson Murray took the early lead with a round of 67 in the first round of the Valero Texas Open.

On level par, Graeme McDowell is five shots behind the leader having recovered on the 18th with a bogey-bogey-birdie finish in San Antonio.

He is in a group at 72, which includes defending champion Kevin Chappell

The American ended day one five-under, putting him one shot ahead of compatriots Chesson Hadley, Billy Horschel, Ryan Moore, Keegan Bradley and Matt Atkins.

The 24-year-old shot three birdies on the front nine of the San Antonio course, only faltering on the par-three seventh hole with a double-bogey.

But Murray rallied to hole four more birdies on the back nine and take the top spot on the leaderboard.

Of the five players making up the chasing pack with a round of 68, only Horschel and Moore hit a bogey-free round on the AT&T Oaks Course.

Two-time Valero Texas Open winner Zach Johnson finished on two-under 70 after striking a 12ft eagle putt on the par-five 14th hole and three straight birdies on the last holes.

Sergio Garcia, returning to the tournament for the first time in eight years and after a disappointing title defence at the Masters, carded two-under 74, while Adam Scott, who is aiming to hold on to his position of world number 59 to make the US Open next month, finished on 75 after a failing to make a single birdie.

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