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South Course's first hole continues to vex Woods

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SAN DIEGO – The most anticipated round of the young PGA Tour season got off to an inexplicably familiar start, with Tiger Woods opening his day with a bogey at the par-4 first hole on the Torrey Pines South Course.

It’s become a commonplace occurrence for Woods on the South Course, where he’s won eight times as a professional. Last year following a similar injury-induced layoff, he bogeyed the first hole on Thursday, and during the 2008 U.S. Open on the same seaside layout he was 5-over par on the 431-yard hole.

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“Hopefully one day I’ll be able to play that first hole well,” said Woods, who finished with an even-par 72 and was tied for 84th place.

Woods will get a temporary reprieve on Friday, when he will play the North Course, and in his defense the field didn’t fare much better on the first hole on Day 1.

The first hole yielded more bogeys (17) than birdies (13) on Thursday and played to an over-par average (4.05).