Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the ninth hole during the round one of CIMB Classic golf tournament at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Tiger Woods birdied five holes on the back nine in his first trip back to Malaysia since winning the 1999 World Cup to end the day three strokes behind first-round leader Troy Matteson at the CIMB Classic on Thursday.
Matteson made eight birdies in a bogey-free 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over fellow Americans Jeff Overton, Brian Harman and Robert Garrigus.
Woods was 2 under early, but was even after nine holes after par putts lipped out on the eighth and ninth holes.
Woods recovered strongly with five birdies on the first eight holes of the back nine and finished with a 66 on the par 71, 6,197-yard The Mines Resort and Golf Club course, missing an 8-foot birdie putt on 18.