Tiger Woods is atop a leaderboard for the second time this year after a 7-under-par 65 during the first round of golf’s Chevron World Challenge.
Woods, whose foundation hosts the tournament, had eight birdies before closing with a bogey at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. He leads by one stroke over U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.
The only other time Woods led a tournament this year was in August at The Barclays, where he also opened with a 65 before tying for 12th in the U.S. PGA Tour’s first playoff event. Woods went winless this season for the first time in 14 years as a professional.
Woods is a four-time winner at the Chevron World Challenge, an unofficial event that has a $1.2 million top prize and features a field of 18 players selected from the top 50 in the world rankings.
Woods last won at the Australian Masters 13 months ago and his 281-week run as world No. 1 ended on Nov. 1, when Lee Westwood replaced him atop the rankings.
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