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Wood shares lead in Singapore

Tiger four off the pace in Australia but signs are good

Posted Nov 11, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Tiger Woods

Englishman Chris Wood shot a bogey-free, superb eight under par 63 to share the clubhouse lead following the first round of the Barclays Singapore Open.
He was matched by South Korea’s Kim Bi-o as both players ripped the Tanjon Course apart to storm to the top of the pile. However, and perhaps even more impressive, was the performance of Spaniard Ignacio Garrido who currently sits on minus eight after the first round. However, he has only played the first 11 holes as 108 players must return early on Friday morning to complete their opening round following weather interruptions.
Garrido birdied eight of the opening 11 holes and will be keen to extend this form into tomorrow and take control of the event.
He could quite easily shoot a 59 if he can continue to make the shots and putts he has been – and this was a score Kim feels he should have finished on.
He made eight birdies but missed four chances from inside 10 feet and could quite easily have been 12 under by the end of his round.
Over in Australia, Tiger Woods started steadily at the Australian Masters in Melbourne but continued to struggle with the putter when it mattered.
The world number two carded an opening round two-under 69 but could easily have shot a lot lower and been competing with the likes of Aussie trio Adam Bland, Alistair Presnell and Daniel Gaunt who share the lead after opening with rounds of 65.
Woods last won at this event but shows signs of getting back to his brilliant best all over the course. He only missed two fairways all round and he struck the ball brilliantly all day.
He has recently started working on his swing with new coach Sean Foley and it seems to be paying dividends. His accuracy and distance were back up to a level he can be happy with and once he starts to find his rhythm with the putter he will be a force to be reckoned with once more.

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