Woods Leads The Chevron Challenge
Desperate to win his first trophy of the year, Tiger Woods, who will finish the year second in the standings after Lee Westwood broke American’s hegemony, made a promising debut at the Chevron World Challenge. He had an opening round of 65 to finish the first day one shot of both Rory McIlroy and his compatriot Graeme McDowell. Woods would also finish with eight birdies and a dropped shot for seven-under-par. Meanwhile, Ilroy and the US Open champion were getting rounds of 66 as they. Things look worse for Stewart Cink and Dustin Johnson. The day ended for the two with four shots behind Tiger Woods, both getting rounds of 69.
On the other hand, Woods hopes to win the competition once again. He still has the feeling he can make it. Thus, he still expects to win his first title since 2009. Last year he would claim the Australian Masters, title which he couldn’t defend last month. The first day at the Thousand Oaks raised his confidence. “If you play well, it does give you a shot of confidence. I’ve played well in this event. I’ve won it a few times, and I’ve gone on to get off to quick starts the following year. Late in the season, a lot of guys are either traveling, not practicing or playing all over the globe,” he said.
It’s been a rough year for Woods. Following a questionable private life and then a divorce, the golfer hardly found his pace after a six-month break. Apart from this, although the Chevron Challenge is not part of the PGA Tour, points are included. So Woods still has chances to reclaim the top spot, but with one condition. Lee Westwood should finish third or below at the South African Nedbank Golf Challenge.
The 2005 event champion Luke Donald had a worse day, his two-under-par 70 sending him sixth in the standings alongside Camilo Villegas. Finally, Ian Poulter shares the eighth position with last year’s champion Jim Furyk, but also with Sean O’Hair, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker and Nick Watney. All of them shot a level-par 72.11