Tiger mixes 10 birdies, three bogeys

Updated: November 10, 2005, 12:25 PM ET
Associated Press

SHANGHAI, China -- Tiger Woods bogeyed his last hole after hitting a tee shot into a bunker, costing him a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the $5 million HSBC Champions.

Scotland's Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open winner; England's Nick Dougherty and Australia's Peter O'Malley led at 8-under-par 64. Woods was at 65 with England's David Howell, the Netherlands' Robert-Jan Derksen and South Korea's K.J. Choi.

Tiger Woods
AP Photo/Eugene HoshikoWoods made 10 birdies en route to a first-round 7-under 65.

The European Tour opened its season with Asia's most lucrative tournament, one sanctioned by four tours. Play began under mostly overcast skies, but hard rain came when Woods was playing his last hole and O'Malley was on his next-to-last.

U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell and Kenneth Ferrie were at 66, a shot ahead of an eight-player group featuring Vijay Singh. Colin Montgomerie, who won the European money title, opened with a 74 that included a double-bogey on his last hole.

Woods mixed 10 birdies, including five in a row, with three bogeys. The last bogey came when he hit a 3-wood into a large fairway bunker on No. 9, with the ball plugging deep in the sand.

"I've never seen anything like it," Woods said. "I did well to get it out of there. I think I played really well overall, even though I had three bogeys. I think 10 birdies usually offsets that."

Starting at No. 10, Woods was 5 under at the turn and 7 under after 11 holes following a run of birdies from No. 16 to No. 2.

Woods twice had to check his swing and ask spectators to stop taking photos while he was playing the ball. His caddie had asked the same thing during each of the first eight holes.

"It was a bit of a distraction," Woods said. "Obviously, they're not used to seeing a lot of golf here, so I can understand."

Because of heavy overnight rain, the tournament allowed lift and place rules, permitting players to pick up and clean balls without penalty from closely mown areas through the green.

Dougherty, who won his only European Tour title at the Singapore Masters in January, closed with an eagle at the par-5 18th.

O'Malley got the most recent of his three European titles at the 2001 English Open. He last won this year at the New Zealand PGA.

There is no cut for this tournament, meaning all 73 players earn money.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

ALSO SEE