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October 25 2012

8:01 AM

Matteson leads in Malaysia

Troy Matteson circled eight birdies, including a hole-out from a greenside bunker on No. 18, Thursday morning to take the first-round lead of the CIMB Classic at The MINES Resort and Spa in Malaysia. Matteson, who has missed his last two cuts on the PGA TOUR, made four consecutive birdies to close out his opening-round 63 and take a one-shot lead over Brian Harman, Jeff Overton and Robert Garrigus. Three off the pace was Tiger Woods who rebounded from bogeys on Nos. 8 and 9 with five back-nine birdies for a 66 that leaves him tied for 7th. Defending champion Bo Van Pelt double bogeyed the drivable par-4 15th and went on to shoot a 1-over 70. Of the 48 players in the field, 41 shot par or better in Thursday's opening round.
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