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The Tour Report

December 1 2011

5:55 PM

Woods three behind Choi

Woods' third on No. 7 in Chevron World Challenge

In the opening round of the 2011 Chevron World Challenge, Tiger Woods nearly holes his third from greenside on the par-4 7th hole.

Tiger Woods told the media on Wednesday that he'd made "tremendous strides" rebuilding his swing under the watchful eye of Sean Foley. Then he went out and showed everyone how comfortable he was during the first round of the Chevron World Challenge.

Woods birdied four of his first five holes on the way to a 69 that left him two strokes off the pace set by K.J. Choi. In all, he had six birdies and three bogeys, all of which came in Woods' final 10 holes.

The former world No. 1 is tied with Steve Stricker at 3 under and they are two strokes ahead of Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler and Presidents Cup hero Jim Furyk. No one else in the elite field of 18 broke par at Sherwood Country Club.