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Tiger Woods starts hot at Doral with first round 66

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods made nine birdies at Doral on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods made nine birdies at Doral on Thursday. (Getty Images)

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Tiger Woods said it himself on Wednesday:

This course and this tournament has been good to me over the years.

It was good to him again on Thursday as Woods carded an opening round 66, which left him one back of leader Dustin Johnson when Woods finished up.

His scorecard was about as colorful as it gets for a grinder like Woods; he made nine birdies and three bogeys in his 18 holes.

His career best for birdies in a round is 10, which he's accomplished twice, according to Golf Channel.

Woods only made par on three holes on his back nine (the front nine of the course).

As he's done all year, Woods outshone playing partner Rory McIlroy by quite a bit. McIlroy shot a 73, which placed him at T51 at the end of his first round.

Woods led this tournament after the first round in both 2006 and 2002 and went on to win both times. He's also gone on to win both times that he shot better than 67 at Doral in the first round.

A second win in his first three U.S. stroke play events of 2013 would be, to say the least, extremely impressive.

After his round, Woods noted that the course was playing quite easily for the first round:

It has to blow here sometime. I don't think we're going to get all four days here where it's this wind. It has to switch sometime and if it does that's when the golf course starts playing a little bit more difficult, but today was as easy as it gets around this place.

He also commented on the putting lesson he had on Wednesday with Steve Stricker:

Whatever Strick says, I'm going to do. That dude is one of the best putters that's ever lived.

It's still early though, and there's a long weekend -- with no cut -- ahead. Woods will again be paired with McIlroy on Friday -- and that other guy otherwise known as world No. 3: Luke Donald.

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