Tiger Woods shoots opening 66 on day one of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia
Last Updated: 25/10/12 10:10am
Tiger Woods: slow start but found birdies on the back nine
Tiger Woods produced a strong back nine to put himself in contention after day one of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
Woods, chasing a fourth win of the season, birdied three of the last four holes to post a five-under 66 and finish three behind pacesetter Troy Matteson.
World number two Woods had struggled on the front nine and closed it with two bogeys but his late rally lifted him into a tie for seventh place in the 48-man field which features 30 US Tour pros, the top 10 in the Asian Order of Merit and 10 sponsor's invites.
First round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-8 T Matteson
-7 J Overton
-7 B Harman
-7 R Garrigus
-6 G Bhullar (Ind)
-6 T Gillis
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Matteson, twice a winner in his PGA Tour career, took advantage of his early tee-time as he avoided much of the steamy conditions at The Mines Resort and Golf Resort in Kuala Lumpur.
"The course is great," said the 33-year-old after his eight-under 63. "The grass is a lot like what I play back home. I love the course a lot. You've got to play your way around and you've got to make some decisions, you've got to hit some irons and some three-woods."
Fellow Americans Jeff Overton, Brian Harman and Robert Garrigus are all one shot back in tied second after firing 64s.
But it was a modest start for defending champion Bo Van Pelt, who shot a one-under 70 to finish the day in tied 30th.
Jason Dufner, who finished runner-up to Van Pelt in last week's Perth International, carded a three-under 68 along with Scotland's Martin Laird.