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Woods: Too many downhill putts in opening 71

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Like any golfer, there are times when Tiger Woods feels like his score wasn’t quite indicative of his performance.

Thursday’s opening round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge wasn’t one of those times.

“I shot about the score,” he said after a 1-under 71 left him four strokes behind leader Zach Johnson. “Maybe could have gotten one or two more out of it.”

Woods looked solid, for the most part, with a new driver in his bag, but missed a short par putt on the opening hole and a short birdie attempt on the last.

“I drove it pretty good today, and I just didn't quite hit my irons well and didn't really make a lot of putts. You've got to give these greens a little bit of respect. If you miss the ball in the wrong spots, which I did a couple times above the hole, and had to play pretty defensively and never gave myself a lot of uphill where I could give it a run and not have to worry about speed. I had a lot of putts where I had to worry about the speed.”