Round 1 Notes: Chevron World Challenge

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December 02, 2010
Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Partly cloudy with afternoon temperatures reaching 69 degrees with light winds.

Tiger Woods shot a 7-under 65 to take a one shot lead over Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy after the first round of the Chevron World Challenge.

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• Woods' 7-under 65 is the best first-round score at the Chevron World Challenge since Darren Clarke opened with a 65 and Michael Campbell opened with a 63 in 2005.

• Woods' only lead after any round on TOUR in 2010 was when he was tied for the lead with Vaughn Taylor after the first-round at The Barclays.

• The last time Woods held sole possession of a lead on TOUR was after the second-round of the 2009 TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.

• Woods' best score in tournament history is a second-round 62 in 2007.

• Woods' only bogey came on the final hole today. His only bogey-free round on the PGA TOUR in 2010 came during the third-round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was his first bogey-free round since a first-round 67 at the 2009 PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, both from Northern Ireland and playing in the same pairing, shot matching 6-under 66s.

Jim Furyk (2009), Woods (2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007) and Luke Donald (2005) are the only former champions of the Chevron World Challenge in the field this year.

• Woods has finished in the top 2 at this event in seven of his nine starts. Woods finished 10thin 2000 and T14 in 2005.

• A total of five players are competing in their first Chevron World Challenge. Here's a look at how they fared in the first round:

Player Place Score
Rory McIlroy T2 66
Dustin Johnson T4 69
Nick Watney T8 72
Matt Kuchar T15 75
Bubba Watson 17 76

Stewart Cink (48th) is the lowest ranked player in the field in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Scoring Averages at the par-72 Sherwood Country Club:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday 36.111 35.277 71.388 ---

• The toughest hole today was the 455-yard, par-4 14th hole, with a stroke average of 4.388. From the field of 18, the 14th hole surrendered just one birdie, but had 11 pars, four bogeys and two double-bogeys.

• Sherwood Country Club's easiest hole in Round 1 was the 517-yard, par-5 11th (4.444).

• There were no bogey-free rounds Thursday.

• With a victory this week at the Chevron World Challenge, Woods can overtake Lee Westwood in the Official World Golf Rankings, if Westwood is not in the Top-2 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Regardless of what happens this week, Westwood will be No. 1 at the end of the year even if Tiger wins this week (i.e. Westwood will retain or regain the No. 1 spot on the degradation of past Ranking points).

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