How it happened: Castro leads at Congressional

Roberto Castro watches his tee shot on the third tee during the first round of the AT&T National at Congressional.

Roberto Castro watches his tee shot on the third tee during the first round of the AT&T National at Congressional.

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BETHESDA, Md. – Roberto Castro shot an opening-round 5-under 66 at Congressional to lead the AT&T National over Billy Horschel, Bud Cauley and Graham DeLaet. Castro made six birdies and a bogey en route to a two-shot lead.

Horschel, who is having his breakout season, lead the tournament for most of the day. Horschel is looking for his second win of the season, while PGA Tour sophomore Cauley and Canadian DeLaet are looking for their first win.

The Aussie trio of Adam Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman finished the day, as a group, at 5 over. Day was the only player in this group under par with a 1-under 70. Scott and Leishman shot a 2 over and 4 over, respectively.

Take a look at how Castro finished the day on top of the leaderboard and how all the action unfolded:

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Update No. 23: 5:28 p.m. EDT

The Australians are finished: Jason Day bogeyed the par-4 18th after a ruling behind a grandstand and finished the day at 1-under 70. Adam Scott finished with a 2-over 73, while Marc Leishman finished at 4-over 75.

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Update No. 22: 5:08 p.m. EDT

Former Washington star and No.1-ranked amateur in the world Chris Williams is making his second consecutive start as a professional. Williams is 5 over through 14 holes. He played in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. Last week, Williams made the cut at the Travelers when he shot 71-68-69-69 and finished in a tie for 30th.

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Update No. 21: 4:43 p.m. EDT

While Jason Day remains under par, Adam Scott made two consecutive bogeys and has dropped to 2-over in this opening round. Day is still at 2 under after missing a 15 footer for birdie on No. 16.

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Update No. 20: 4:19 p.m. EDT

With a 5-under 66, Roberto Castro leads the AT&T National at Congressional by two.

Brandt Snedeker and Graham DeLaet made 15-20 foot birdie putts to get to 3 under for the day.

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Update No. 19: 4:09 p.m. EDT

Bud Cauley finished his round at Congressional with a 3-under 68, two shots back of Roberto Castro.

Brandt Snedeker is 2 under through 13 holes. His playing partners are Hunter Mahan and Choi. Mahan is 5 over and Choi is even.

While the top of the leaderboard is gaining form, so is the bottom. Charlie Beljan is 10 over through 14 holes. It includes five bogeys and two doubles.

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Update No. 18: 3:56 p.m. EDT

With three consecutive birdies, Roberto Castro is the leader by two shots at 5 under with two holes to play at Congressional. The 2007 Georgia Tech graduate has one top-10 finish on the PGA Tour.

Earlier in the day, Rickie Fowler finished with an even-par 71. Now five shots back of the lead.

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Update No. 17: 3:44 p.m. EDT

After making a bogey on his second hole (No. 11), Roberto Castro has made four birdies in 13 holes to get to 4 under for the tournament.

Getting back to the Australian group – Jason Day is the only player under par at 2 under. Adam Scott was under par until be bogeyed the 10th hole. Marc Leishman is 2 over on the day. This group is through 13 holes.

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Update No. 16: 3:31 p.m. EDT

Roberto Castro has joined the foursome at the top of the leaderboard at 3 under. Bud Cauley and Gary Woodland have joined clubhouse leader, Billy Horschel, again, too.

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Update No. 15: 3:04 p.m. EDT

After getting to 4 under, Gary Woodland dropped a shot at the 11th hole. He's in a two-way tie at 3 under. Nine players are one-shot back at 2 under, 17 more players are two shots back at 1 under.

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Update No. 14: 2:42 p.m. EDT

Gary Woodland is the first player to reach 4 under at Congressional. He birdied the par-3 10th. One back of Woodland is Billy Horschel and David Mathis.

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Update No. 13: 2:25 p.m. EDT

David Mathis birdies four of his last five holes to get into a tie the lead at 3 under with four other players. Mathis, who has been a pro since 1997, does not have any PGA victories, but has three top-10 finishes.

In the 132-player field, 28 players are under par.

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Update No. 12: 2:13 p.m. EDT

Gary Woodland joins the group at 3 under after a eagle-par-birdie stretch of holes. He is looking for his second PGA win, and his first since the 2011 Transitions Championship – his only victory.

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Update No. 11: 1:53 p.m. EDT

Four players are at 3 under. Clubhouse leader Billy Horschel, Brandt Jobe, Bud Cauley and Kevin Chappell. Jobe, Cauley and Chappell are still on the course with eight or more holes to play. Chappell made birdies on Nos. 10, 16, and 17. Chappell has yet to win on the PGA Tour, but had a runner-up finish this season at the Memorial.

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Update No. 10: 1:41 p.m. EDT

The Aussie grouping of Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Adam Scott are off and running this afternnon. The group is through five holes: Day is 1 under, Leishman is 2 over and Scot is even-par.

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Update No. 9: 1:11 p.m. EDT

Nicolas Colsaerts has finished the first-round with a 2-under 69, one-shot back of the morning-wave leader, Billy Horschel. 'The Belgium Bomber' is in his first full season on the PGA Tour and is looking for his first win. The European Ryder Cupper is 111th in the FedEx Cup entering this week. His best finish on Tour was a T-8 at the Zurich Classic.

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Update No. 8: 12:57 p.m. EDT

After an opening-round 83, Davis Love III has withdrawn from AT&T National. Rory Sabbatini also withdrew, before he started his first round.

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Update No. 7: 12:50 p.m. EDT

Bud Cauley in the mix at Congressional. He is 2 under through five holes, with birdies on Nos. 13 and 14. Cauley, who finished second in PGA Tour Rookie of the Year voting in 2012, has been struggling in his sophomore season. In 17 events, Cauley has missed the cut or WD in 10 events. His best finish in 2013 was at the Crowne Plaza Invitational (T-14).

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Update No. 6: 12:30 p.m. EDT

Two players have taken it to 3 under. Billy Horschel is in the clubhouse with a 3 under 68. He made four birdies and a bogey. Meanwhile, Brandt Jobe has started his round on fire. He is 3 under through four holes. He has only played four PGA events this season. HIs best finish is T-46 at The Honda Classic.

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Update No. 5: 12:20 p.m. EDT

First-time winner last week Ken Duke is in contention again this week. Duke is T-5 at 1 under with one hole to play.

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Update No. 4: 12:00 p.m. EDT

Now a five-way tie at the top of the leaderboard with Ben Kohles, Billy Horschell, Bill Haas, Jim Furyk and Brandt Jobe. Jobe is just starting his first round. He has birdies Nos. 1 and 2.

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Update No. 3: 11:41 a.m. EDT

The only amateur in the field this week is U.S. Amateur champ Steven Fox. Fox is 5 over through 12 holes after one birdie, two bogeys and two doubles. Fox is trying to make his first cut at a PGA Tour event after he has missed the cut in seven Tour starts.

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Update No. 2: 11:20 a.m. EDT

Former Virginia star Ben Kohles is the clubhouse leader at 2 under 69. Kohles had a stretch of holes on Nos. 7-11 where he had four birdies.

Nick Watney was momentarily tied for the lead at 2 under after holing out from the fairway on No. 4 for an eagle. But a bogey on the next hole as dropped him back to 1 under.

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Update No. 1: 11:02 a.m. EDT

Four are tied at the top early at Congressional. Billy Horschel, Bill Haas, John Huh and Ben Kohles are tied at 2 under. Horschel is a first-time winner on the Tour this year, winning the Zurich Classic. Huh is the reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Haas was the 2011 FedEx Cup winner. Kohles turned professional in July of 2012. He won on the Web.com Tour twice, and guaranteed himself a PGA Tour card. His best finish was at the Tampa Bay Championship (T-7).

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Early risers

Billy Horschel birdied three of his first four holes to lead the AT&T National through 10 holes. Horschel, a former Florida Gator, got his first career win at this year's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Ben Kohles and Bill Haas are 2 under through 15 and 11 holes respectively.

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Slow starters

Justin Hicks, Greg Owen and Bo Van Pelt are 7 over on the back nine, while Joe Ogilvie and Jeff Overton are 6 over on the back nine.

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Weather conditions

It's cloudy in the D.C. area, with temps near 80 and rising. There's a 60 percent chance of showers from about 4 p.m. on, according to weather.com.

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