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Added November 10th, 2011 by Chalk

Tiger Three Back After Bogey-Free First Round in Australia

Tiger Woods played his first competitive bogey-free round in nine months on Thursday, shooting a 4-under 68 in the first round of the Australian Open, putting him three shots behind leader Jarrod Lyle. Two of Tiger’s Presidents Cup teammates, Dustin Johnson and Nick Watney, shared second place at 6-under. Pre-tournament favorite Adam Scott was a shot behind Tiger at 3-under.

Tiger was pretty pleased with his performance, especially in windy conditions on Thursday afternoon. “They were conditions where it was easy to make a couple of bogeys in a row so I’m happy,” said Tiger. “No bogeys, it’s been a while … I hit it really good today. That was exactly how I’ve been hitting it at home; that’s good. I was able to take it to the golf course, under these conditions, and hit all the shots. I missed a couple of greens here and there, but I missed them in the right spots.”

Tiger likes his chances, especially if conditions are better for his second round Friday morning. “I’m in a good spot,” said Tiger. “Hopefully, the weather will be calm in the morning.”

Tiger’s last bogey-free round came in Dubai nine months ago, while his last tournament win anywhere came at the Australian Masters in 2009.

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