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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Following two days of media maelstrom Sherwood Country Club was quiet on Thursday as the first round of Tiger Woods’ Chevron World Challenge got underway.

Although published attendance figures for Thursday (6,893) were in line with first-round attendance in 2007 (6,839) which was the last year Woods played in the event, the grounds remained largely quiet after two days of hushed anticipation as Woods’ “transgressions” became public.

“I don’t know if there’s a buzz, quite frankly, I think there’s less of a buzz,” said co-leader Zach Johnson. “As chaotic as it really might be because he’s not here, I mean I wish he was, but there’s less media.”

Officials offered fans refunds when Woods withdrew from the event on Monday because of injuries sustained in a car crash early last Friday morning but they won’t know how many took advantage of the offer for a few weeks.