- Associated Press - Thursday, October 25, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AP) - It was hot, humid and his putts were lipping out. Tiger Woods felt as if he’d been run over halfway through his first round in Malaysia since winning the 1999 World Cup on the same course.

The 14-time major winner rallied, making five birdies on the back nine Thursday for a 5-under 66 that left him three strokes behind leader Troy Matteson in the CIMB Classic. Matteson had eight birdies in his 63 to take a one-stroke lead over fellow Americans Jeff Overton, Brian Harman and Robert Garrigus.

Woods, in the last pairing with Australia’s Marcus Fraser, birdied Nos. 3 and 5, but missed two short par putts at the eighth and ninth and seemed frustrated, frequently wiping his face and neck with a white towel and glaring after the balls that didn’t drop in the cup.

He rallied with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 and added three more on Nos. 15-17.

Woods is competing for the first time in Malaysia since teaming with Mark O’Meara to win the 1999 World Cup at The Mines. Woods also won the individual title.

The tournament will become a full-fledged PGA Tour event next year when the tour begins its new season in October after the FedEx Cup.

A lightning and thunderstorm started dumping rain on the course less than an hour after play ended and, with the forecast for more rain on Friday, organizers decided to move tee times ahead by 40 minutes in the second round.


SHANGHAI (AP) _ Wales’ Jamie Donaldson shot a course-record 10-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead after the first round in the European Tour’s BMW Masters.

Donaldson broke the record of 63 set last year by South Korea’s Noh Seung-yul on The Masters Course at Lake Malaren Golf Club. Donaldson had only 24 putts.

Sweden’s Peter Hanson and Italy’s Francesco Molinari were tied for second at 66s.

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy, the defending champion, had a 67 and blamed a headache on the air pollution over China’s financial capital. Fellow Northern Ireland player Michael Hoey and Europe Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal also shot 67.


YANG MEI, Taiwan (AP) _ South Korea’s Inbee Park shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over local favorite and top-ranked Yani Tseng after the first round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Park, the tour money leader who won the Evian Masters in July in France and the LPGA Malaysia two weeks ago in Kuala Lumpur, had seven birdies at Sunrise Golf and Country Club.

Defending champion Tseng had six birdies and a bogey.

Americans Nicole Castrale and Danielle Kang were three strokes back at 68 and along with South Korea’s Hee Young Park and Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum.

Suzann Pettersen, the winner Sunday in South Korea, had a 69.

Michelle Wie opened with a 71.


McKINNEY, Texas (AP) _ Tag Ridings, Justin Bolli, Cliff Kresge, Michael Putnam, Brad Fritsch and Justin Hicks shared the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour Championship, shooting 6-under 65 in windy conditions.

The top 60 on the money list qualified for the season-ending event at TPC Craig Ranch, and the final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards. At 11th on the money list, Hicks is the only one of the six leaders to have wrapped up a tour card. Fritsch, from Canada, is 21st, Putnam 30th, Kresge 38th, Bolli 44th and Ridings 51st.

Luke Guthrie and Philip Pettitt Jr. were a stroke back. Guthrie, the former Illinois player who has two victories since turning pro after the NCAA tournament, is second on the money list, and Pettitt is 36th.

The winner will receive $180,000 from the $1 million purse.

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