April 29, 2009

Clubhouse Lead for Woods

Tiger Woods is the clubhouse leader by three strokes after firing a 30 on the back nine and finishing with a seven-under 65

Woods' round, which started on No. 10, included six birdies on his back nine.

Woods' round, which started on No. 10, included six birdies on his back nine.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tiger Woods shot a 30 on his back nine in the Quail Hollow Championship, taking advantage of a sharp short game on his way to a 7-under 65 and a three-shot lead among the early starters.

Woods, who started his round on No. 10, didn't catch the leaders until a simple up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 fifth hole of Thursday's opening round. He pulled away by closing with three straight birdies, the last one with a 6-iron from the rough into 12 feet.

Woods came close to making bogey twice, but escaped with tap-in pars.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen was at 68, along with Jeff Maggert, Hunter Mahan and Lucas Glover. Masters champion Angel Cabrera had a 70.

Defending champ Anthony Kim was among the late starters.