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Tiger Woods in touch with leaders after good finish in CIMB Classic in Malaysia

Last Updated: 25/10/12 3:19pm

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Tiger Woods: nicely in contention after strong finish

Tiger Woods: nicely in contention after strong finish

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Tiger Woods was happy with his day's work after a back nine surge in the opening round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

Woods, the tournament's top draw, racked up five birdies after the turn to shoot a five-under 66 and end the day three behind leader Troy Matteson.

He struggled with a cold putter on his outward nine, missing short putts on eight and nine, but delighted the crowds on the inward half.

"I would love to hop into an ice tub right now," said a sweaty Woods, who is returning to Malaysia for the first time since his triumph in the World Cup of Golf in 1999.

"I felt in control on the back nine. Towards the end of the front nine, I was hitting it really well. Just missed a couple of short putts on eight and nine but I was hitting it really well. Just continued it and it felt really good on the back nine. I hit some really good shots," he said.

"Turning at even par, I felt like I just got run over there. It felt like I had to shoot something at least three , four under par on that back nine, and I happened to get one more, which is nice.

"It's going to take something like 20-plus to win the tournament, so got to be aggressive and go get it."

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