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Tiger Woods at World Challenge 2012: Day 1 Highlights, Analysis and More

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on November 29, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

Tiger Woods doesn't have the lead, but he's in good shape after the opening round of the World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, a tournament that benefits his foundation.

Woods, a five-time winner of the World Challenge, finds himself tied with Bo Van Pelt and Webb Simpson in fifth place, shooting a two-under opening round of 70.

He sits three shots behind tournament leader Nick Watney, who shot a five-under 67, and one shot behind Keegan Bradley, Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell, who are all tied for second place with opening rounds of 71, three-under par.

The tournament host wasn't pleased with how things went for him in the opening of his tournament, but he realizes that things could have gone far worse (h/t USA Today):

"I didn't hit the ball very good and made a few good par putts to keep the round going. I could have easily shot myself out of the tournament, but I kept myself in it."

Woods shot par through the first nine holes of the tournament before sinking birdies on the 11th and 13th holes to begin his ascent up the leaderboard.

Brandt Snedeker, who had three victories on tour this season, finds himself in last place, eight shots off of the lead. After shooting par on the front nine and finding himself two-under par through 11 holes, things fell apart.

He'd bogey the 12th hole, double bogey the 13th and bogey the 14th to put himself two over par. Another bogey, his fifth of the day on the 18th, put him alone in last place,

Tiger, who hasn't won an event since the AT&T Open in July, would certainly love to take home his sixth victory as host of the World Challenge.

While the event doesn't count as an official win, it awards world ranking points.

 

2012 World Challenge Leaderboard

Place Golfer Score
1 Nick Watney 67 (-5)
T2 Keegan Bradley 69 (-3)
T2 Graeme McDowell 69 (-3)
T2 Jim Furyk 69 (-3)
T5 Bo Van Pelt 70 (-2)
T5 Tiger Woods 70 (-2)
T5 Webb Simpson 70 (-2)
T8 Jason Day 71 (-1)
T8 Hunter Mahan 71 (-1)
T8 Bubba Watson 71 (-1)
T11 Matt Kuchar 73 (1)
T11 Jason Dufner 73 (1)
T11 Steve Stricker 73 (1)
T11 Ian Poulter 73 (1)
T16 Dustin Johnson 74 (2)
T16 Zach Johnson 74 (2)
18 Brandt Snedeker 75 (3)

 

Round Two Tee Times (via Yahoo! Sports)

Time Players
12:27 p.m. ET Zach Johnson Brandt Snedeker
12:38 p.m. ET Ian Poulter Dustin Johnson
12:49 p.m. ET Rickie Fowler Steve Stricker
1:00 p.m. ET Matt Kuchar Jason Dufner
1:11 p.m. ET Hunter Mahan Bubba Watson
1:22 p.m. ET Webb Simpson Jason Day
1:33 p.m. ET Bo Van Pelt Tiger Woods
1:44 p.m. ET Graeme McDowell Jim Furyk
1:55 p.m. ET Nick Watney Keegan Bradley

 


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