Woods Two Back at Buick Open


Tiger Woods, in his lone tournament between the seasons final two majors, fired a bogey-free 67 to finish two back after the opening round of the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Kent Jones, who has one career top-10 finish on the PGA Tour, birdied four of his final six holes for a flawless 65. He tied for eighth this year at Pebble Beach to better his previous best finish on tour, a tie for 12th at this event in 1998.
'I just started trying to swing easy and just kind of tried to get some tempo going. I got out there and actually hit it really solid,' said Jones. 'Got off to a good start and that got me into the round. I just kept hitting good shots, giving myself chances and made a lot of pars and then had a really good finish there at the end.'
Mark Brooks birdied four of his first five holes en route to tying K.J. Choi at 6-under. Choi, this years Compaq Classic champion, played holes 9-13 in 6-under.
Woods is one of nine players tied at minus 5. Jay Haas, Hal Sutton, Robert Damron, Frank Lickliter, Glen Day, J.J. Henry, Luke Donald and Bart Bryant all shot 67s.
Woods started his day at the 10th hole and picked up his first stroke by two-putting the par-5 13th for birdie. He then pitched to a couple of feet and made a second birdie at the par-5 16th.
Despite a five at the par-5 first, Woods spun his 9-iron approach shot on the par-4 second to four feet to get to 3-under. He made a six-footer at the seventh and a 20-footer at the par-3 eighth to complete his scoring.
'It was nice to actually hit one and see one go in,' said Woods, referring to his putt at eight. 'I was hitting good putts, but they were just missing for some reason. That one, I hit just like I did the other ones. This time, it found the bottom.'
Woods is making his fourth start in this event. He tied for eighth in 1997; tied for fourth in 98; and tied for 11th two years ago.
His 2000 appearance was followed by a brilliant playoff victory over Bob May in the PGA Championship.
While Woods has won the PGA having both played and rested the week prior to the seasons final major, he may want to stay away from actually winning this week.
Its been 31 years since a player won in back-to-back weeks, with the latter being a major championship. Lee Trevino won the 1971 Canadian Open and then the British Open.
'If I'm out there playing, I'm competing and trying to win this tournament, but right now, practice session-wise, I'll probably go out there and try and shape a few shots that I'll probably need for next week,' said Woods
This is Tiger's first start since his Grand Slam run ended in a tie for 28th at the British Open.
Full-field scores from the Buick Open