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K.J. Choi leads Tiger Woods in Chevron World Challenge

December 1, 2011 | 12:59 pm

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Tiger Woods birdied four of the first five holes but a red-hot K.J. Choi did Woods one better with birdies at all five to grab the early lead Thursday in the first round of the Chevron World Challenge.

Choi, a South Korean who won the Players Championship in May, went out with a five-under 31 on the front nine holes of the par-72 Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

After a bogey at the par-four ninth hole, Woods carded a three-under 33 and trailed by two shots as he headed to the 10th tee.

Nick Watney and Steve Stricker were two under par after nine holes, while Webb Simpson and Jason Day were among those one under.

The 18-player tournament benefits Woods' charitable foundation, and the $5-million pursue includes $1.2 million to the winner. Woods has won the event four times, but he hasn't won any tournament in the last two years.

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-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the second hole Thursday in the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Scott Halleran / Getty Images

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