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Tiger Woods shows his Pebble Beach game face

woodstiger113009_optBY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

After what seems like a very long fall from the top, Tiger Woods had a solid showing in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Thursday.

Woods, who carded a 4-under par 68 on the day, can thank the weather gods for near-perfect conditions at Spyglass Hill, the hardest of the three courses being played this week.

According to the New York Daily news, he went into today's round tied for 15th place, five behind co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Danny Lee, who both shot 9-under 63s at Pebble Beach, and Charlie Wi, who shot a 9-under 61 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

Perhaps Woods has regained his form after a tumultuous few years, which included a cheating scandal, messy divorce and rocky performances which knocked him out of the top tier. He hasn't won a PGA Tour event since October 2009.

But in classic Woods style, the former No. 1 was dissatisfied with his play.

Woods told reporters he was "not very good" going into the greens and had some wedges where he hit "some awful shots."

He wasn't all that awful for a guy who hit 12 of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens and took 29 putts, many of them from between 15 and 20 feet. He also birdied three of the four par-5s and had a great eagle look on one of them.

The second round is today and continues Saturday and Sunday.

 

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