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Added March 23rd, 2012 by Chalk

Tiger Woods Three Off Lead After First Round At Bay Hill

In his final tuneup before The Masters, Tiger Woods shot a 3-under 69 on Thursday, good enough to be three shots off the lead after the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida. The most promising news for Tiger was that he didn’t seem to be affected by the injury that caused him to withdraw during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac two weeks ago.

“Not in my mind at all,” said Tiger of his formerly gimpy left Achilles. “I’m feeling good. I’ve been getting treatment. Everything’s good. No swelling. If I can just keep it that way, everything will be great.”

Charlie Wi and Jason Dufner set the first round pace with their rounds of six-under 66. Anthony Kim, who has been struggling mightily of late, matched Tiger’s 69 thanks to a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. “I’ve been running my head into a brick wall,” said Kim. “So I moved away from the brick wall, and now I can swing and make some birdies out here.”

As for Tiger’s assessment of his own play, it was something like consistently adequate. “It was a day I didn’t really do anything great today,” Tiger said. “It’s just one of those days where not a lot was going on … Didn’t really hit any balls real close today. I took something off most of my drives today. I didn’t really feel great with my tee shots but I was getting the ball in play. Ball is flying forever. Normal drives go about 310 or something like that. It was kind of nice.”

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