Woods Torrid at Torrey Pines

Tiger's five-under 67 two off the lead
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2008 10:56 PM CST
Tiger Woods sends the water and grass flying while hitting his approach shot in the rain on the second fairway during the first round of for the Buick Invitational golf tournament Thursday, Jan. 24,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tiger Woods opened 2008 on a strong note, firing a five-under 67 on the first day of the Buick Invitational. His partner at Torrey Pines last year, Troy Matteson, led all golfers with 65; he and Woods were playing the meatier South Course. Brad Adamonis, out on the relatively lightweight North Course, banged home a 66, good for second.

Tied with Woods for third was his least-liked nemesis, Rory Sabbatini, who incurred Tiger's ire last year by pronouncing him "beatable as ever," then abruptly and bizarrely withdrawing from the Tiger-hosted Target World Challenge in December. Phil Mickelson, controversially wearing a new cap, clocked in at 21st with a two-under 70.