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

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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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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