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Tiger back, but not in the groove yet
Playing in his first tournament in five weeks, Tiger Woods had a double bogey on his second hole and finished the opening round of the HSBC Champions tournament at Shanghai, China seven shots behind leader Jyoti Randhawa.
"I was right there in a position to get to 4 under," Tiger Woods said. "Unfortunately, it didn't happen that way - it went the other way - and I left myself an awful lot of work with three days to go."
India's Randhawa made seven birdies and finished with a 65 to take a one-stroke lead over 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell and two others. Scotland's Marc Warren and South Korea's Yang Yong-eun also were at 6 under.
Padraig Harrington, who clinched the 2006 European Order of Merit title two weeks ago at Valderrama, Spain, and Thailand's Plaphol Chawalit had 67s and were tied for fifth after the opening round. Five players, including Retief Goosen and K.J. Choi, were at 4 under. Chris DiMarco, Colin Montgomerie and Peter O'Malley each shot 3-under 69.
The Asian Tour's No. 1 player, Jeev Singh of India, played in Woods' group and was at 2 under.
Tiger Woods finished one stroke better than Jim Furyk, who had five bogeys and four birdies in a 1-over 73. Woods started with a birdie at the 10th, but followed it with a double-bogey 6 after hooking his drive into some trees.
- LPGA: Paula Creamer matched her career best with an 8-under 64 on to take a two-stroke lead over Lorena Ochoa and two other players after the first round of The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions at Mobile, Ala.
With the players allowed to lift, clean and place their balls in the fairways because of wet conditions on Magnolia Grove's Crossings Course, 27 of the 39 players in the winners-only field broke par.
"They gave birdies out there," said the 20-year-old Creamer, winless this year after winning twice and earning rookie of the year honors last season.
"It was fun. I enjoyed that. It's a difficult golf course. You can get fooled a lot by the grain of the greens, but I went out there and had fun."
Ochoa, the Mexican star who leads the money list, can wrap up the player of the year award with a victory. She matched Liselotte Neumann and Joo Mi Kim with a 66.
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