Tiger Woods trails leaders K.J Choi and defending champion Brandt Snedeker by three shots following his first competitive round of the U.S. PGA Tour golf season.
Woods was in a position to be closer to the leaders, who are 7 under par, before dropping a shot at two of his final three holes in the Farmers Insurance Open yesterday. Woods, who has won the event six times, had a 4-under-par 68.
Woods said he’d play the event the same day Qatar Golf Association President Hassan al Nuaimi told reporters the 14- time major champion was “not worth” a $3 million appearance fee to take part in the European Tour’s Qatar Masters, which also began yesterday.
Snedeker, an American, didn’t drop a shot on the North course. Choi, from South Korea, birdied three of his last four holes on the South course for a round of 65.
Eight players are a shot behind the leaders, with a further nine at 5-under 67.
Woods won the event four straight years through 2008 and was also champion in 1999 and 2003.
Phil Mickelson, the champion in 1993, 2000 and 2001, is in a tie for 90th place after an even-par 72 on the North course.
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