Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tiger Opens with 'Only' a 67 at Doral; Woods Three-Putts His Final Hole to Trail Leader Ogilvy by Two

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tiger Opens with 'Only' a 67 at Doral; Woods Three-Putts His Final Hole to Trail Leader Ogilvy by Two

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

DORAL -- Well, he's human.

But Tiger Woods also has three more days to revert to form.

Woods three-putted his final hole for a rare bogey -- including the miss of a 5-foot par attempt that didn't even nick the edge of the hole -- and with a 5-under-par 67 at the Doral Resort and Spa Blue Monster, finished the first round of the World Golf Championshp CA Championship Thursday two shots behind leaders Geoff Ogilvy of Australia and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain.

The 18 players tied for ninth or better represent 11 countries. They responded to the immaculate conditions with 27 players breaking 70 and 44 breaking par.

Only 24 of the 79 players in the field failed to match par.

Stewart Cink (66), who was mercilessly beaten 8 and 7 by Woods in the finals of the Accenture Match Play Championship last month, birdied his last two holes on a pair of 5-foot putts to take sole possession of third place at 6-under.

Tied with Woods at 5-under are Phil Mickelson (who also birdied his last two holes on short putts, and birdied four of his last five holes in response to a double-bogey), Adam Scott and Nick O'Hern of Australia and Anders Hansen of Denmark.

Woods is attempting to win his sixth PGA Tour event in a row, his fourth title at Doral in succession, his fourth CA Championship in a row and his fourth WGC event in a row. As usual, he played as if that kind of pressure didn't exist, and birdied two of his first three holes on a day ripe for scoring when the wind shifted to a more favorable Southeast direction,

Woods rebounded from a bogey at No. 7 to birdie five of his next 10 holes before the three-putt at the last. Woods had a 72-foot putt for birdie at the huge green following an indifferent iron shot, and he sent that putt rocketing 6 feet past the hole. The second putt never had a chance.

"I didn't do anything all that special," Woods said. "You three-putt, you're not going to be real happy. They don't feel good, especially when you have bad speed. …

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