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Tiger Woods returns to form at Pebble Beach

Tiger Woods had 6 birdies for an opening round of 68 at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It was Tiger Woods' is back at the Pebble Beach celebrity event for the first time in a decade.

Tiger Woods hits from the first fairway at Spyglass Hill Golf Course during the first round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournamen Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Tiger Woods had a glint in his eye as he made a confident start to his 2012 PGA Tour campaign, firing a four-under-par 68 in Thursday's opening round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Watched by huge galleries after teeing off at the 10th on the heavily tree-lined Spyglass Hill Golf Course, the former world No. 1 mixed six birdies with two bogeys to end the day five strokes off the pace.

New Zealander Danny Lee, American Dustin Johnson, and South Korean Charlie Wi share the first-round lead at Pebble Beach with scores of 63.  That leaves Woods five shots out of first place.

Woods, back at the pro-am celebrity event for the first time in a decade and hunting his first victory on the PGA Tour in more than two years, evoked memories of his glory days.

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He was in sparkling form off the tee, a little frustrated by his approach play and could have been at least two or three shots better had a few well-struck putts not halted inches short of the cup or slipped past the edge.

"I drove it great, I had it on a string for most of the day," Woods told reporters after hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation on the most difficult of the three venues hosting this week's event.

"I just wasn't very good with my irons so I'll have to go and work on that. I left a few putts out there ... and I didn't give myself enough looks when I had wedges in my hand."

With barely a breath of wind on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, scoring conditions were near-perfect and Woods knew it was crucial not to end the first round too far adrift.


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