Round 1 Notes: Chevron World ChallengeDecember 02, 2010
Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR staff
Weather: Partly cloudy with afternoon temperatures reaching 69 degrees with light winds.
• 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.
• 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).