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Woods Is 5 Off Lead in Season’s U.S. Debut After 3 Birdies

Tiger Woods Is Five Off Lead in 2012 U.S. Debut Pebble Beach
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the first hole during the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament at the Spyglass Hill golf course yesterday in Pebble Beach, California. Photographer: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods had three birdies and a bogey through his first seven holes today and is five shots behind leader Charlie Wi in the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament, his first U.S. PGA Tour event this year.

Woods, playing in the tournament for the first time since 2002, had birdies on the par-5 sixth and par-3 seventh holes at Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course after opening his day with another birdie.

His lone bogey came on the par-4 fourth, where he missed the fairway with his tee shot and yelled a profanity following his second shot. He was unable to sink his par putt from about six feet, according to the Golf Channel.

Woods, who last played in the event in 2002, shot a 4-under-par 68 yesterday at the Spyglass Hill golf course, which had the highest average score of the tournament’s three courses during the opening round in Pebble Beach, California.

Three players scored better at Spyglass in the opening round than Woods, who ended the first day tied for 15th place.

Wi, who is 2-under today after a 9-under 61 opening round, is one shot ahead of Kevin Na and two in front of Dustin Johnson, Danny Lee and Ken Duke.

Woods finished third in his opening event of 2012 in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, after he entered the final round tied for the lead with winner Robert Rock.

Although he hasn’t had an official PGA Tour win in more than two years, Woods ended a 749-day winless drought with a victory in December at the Chevron World Challenge, a limited-field event he hosts in California.

Amateur Pairing

This week’s tournament groups professionals with amateur players. Woods is paired with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and the duo is 11-under as a team, eight shots off the lead in the Pro-Am. The professionals and amateurs rotate among the three courses the first three days before the pros play the final round at Pebble Beach on Feb. 12.

When Woods won the tournament in 2000 he came from five strokes back against Matt Gogel in the final round, four months before he went on to post a 15-shot win in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He last played at Pebble Beach during the 2010 U.S. Open, where he tied for fourth.

To contact the reporters on this story: Mike Buteau in Atlanta at; Erik Matuszewski in Pebble Beach, California at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

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