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Friday, 9 August, 2002, 02:05 GMT 03:05 UK
Woods makes solid start
Mark Brooks, second at the Buick Open
Brooks won the PGA title in 1996

Tiger Woods put himself in a good position at the Buick Open in Michigan after an opening round 67 left him just two shots behind leader Kent Jones.

Sandwiched between Woods and Jones are Mark Brooks and K.J. Choi, who both shot rounds of 66.

Playing in first tournament since The Open at Muirfield, Woods finished with two birdies which added a satisfactory conclusion to a round which highlighted his inconsistent putting.

A shot behind Woods is his great friend and Florida neighbour Mark O'Meara, while also on four under is reigning PGA champion David Toms.

Toms will defend his title next week at Hazeltine in Minnesota, with Woods favourite to capture a title he won in consecutive years from 1999-2000.

Jones, who is 130th on the money list, has missed the cut in four of his last five events and his best career finish was a tie for eighth at Pebble Beach in February.

His second-best finish is a tie for 12th at the 1998 Buick Open.

Jones birdied three of the first four holes and four of the last six to fall one stroke short of his career-best round.

Defending champion Kenny Perry, who fell one stroke short of the tournament record at 25 under last year, will have to put together a good round on Friday to make the cut after shooting a one over 73.

Phil Mickelson, the second-ranked player in the world, recovered from a rough start with birdies on four of the last five holes to reach three under.


First round leaderboard
(US unless stated)

  • 65 Kent Jones
  • 66 Mark Brooks, K.J. Choi (Kor)
  • 67 Bart Bryant, Robert Damron, Glen Day, Luke Donald (Gbr), Jay Haas, JJ Henry, Frank Lickliter II, Hal Sutton, Tiger Woods
  • 68 Billy Andrade, Pat Bates, David Berganio Jr, Paul Claxton, Chris DiMarco, Carlos Franco (Par), Jeff Gallagher, Blaine McCallister, Spike McRoy, Shaun Micheel, Mark O'Meara, John Senden (Aus), Esteban Toledo (Mex), David Toms
  • 69 Paul Azinger, John Cook, Joel Edwards, Jim Furyk, Brian Gay, David Gossett, Dudley Hart, Skip Kendall, Brad Lardon, Phil Mickelson, Rodney Pampling (Aus), Tom Pernice Jr, Heath Slocum, Hidemichi Tanaka (Jap), Scott Verplank
  • 70 Stephen Ames (Tri), Brian Bateman, Tom Byrum, Greg Chalmers (Aus), Fred Couples, Ben Crane, Robin Freeman, Mathew Goggin, Retief Goosen (Rsa), Donnie Hammond, JL Lewis, David Morland IV, Carl Paulson, Corey Pavin, Craig Perks, Dicky Pride, Tom Scherrer, Vijay Singh (Fij), Jeff Sluman
  • 71 Stuart Appleby (Aus), Craig Barlow, Russ Cochran, Richard Coughlan, Fred Funk, Robert Gamez, Stephen Gangluff, Tom Gillis, Paul Goydos, Brian Henninger, Rocco Mediate, Gary Nicklaus, Frank Nobilo (Nzl), Joey Sindelar, Phil Tataurangi (Nzl), Ted Tryba, Bob Tway, Brian Watts, Jay Williamson
  • 72 Stephen Allan (Aus), Tommy Armour III, Briny Baird, Jeff Brehaut, Bob Burns, Chad Campbell, Tim Clark, Steve Flesch, Jeff Gove, Mike Heinen, Peter Jordan, Ian Leggatt, Billy Mayfair, Michael Muehr, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa), Brenden Pappas (Rsa), Craig Parry (Aus), David Peoples, Jeff Roth, Tommy Tolles, Grant Waite (Nzl), Mike Weir (Can)
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