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Tiger Woods shoots 71 in first round of NW Mutual World Challenge

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods is just four back at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods is just four back at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. (Getty Images)

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Tiger Woods teed it up in the United States for the first time since the Presidents Cup on Thursday and played pretty well other than an opening-hole bogey.

He had an opportunity at No. 18, after sticking an iron to six feet, to get in at 2 under but lipped the putt out and had to settle for a 1-under 71. He trails leader Zach Johnson by four but there are only three other golfers in between them.

Here are the five golfers under par (of the 18-man field):

Zach Johnson: 5 under
Matt Kucahr: 4 under
Hunter Mahan: 2 under
Bubba Watson: 2 under
Tiger Woods: 1 under

Here's a look at Woods' scorecard:

Woods spoke to Steve Sands of Golf Channel after his round and said he was pretty pleased with how he played.

"I made a few mistakes today. Just my feel. Obviously on the very first hole I missed a short one."

He almost had another birdie at No. 9 after nearly chipping in from a greenside bunker. Here's a video of that shot along with a guy at the end doing the SportsCenter theme "da na nuh, da na nuh."

All things considered it was a good day for Woods who has only finished outside the top five at this tournament one time.

It's an elite field -- which is awesome for fans -- and they put on a show on Thursday. I expect more of the same from Woods and Co. on Friday.

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