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Norton, Mass. • Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round in three years Friday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. It still wasn't enough to be low man in Sean Foley's coaching stable.
Seung-yul Noh, a rising star from South Korea in his first season on the PGA Tour, ran off four straight birdies early in his round and closed with back-to-back birdies on the TPC Boston for a 9-under 62.
That gave him a one-shot lead over Chris Kirk, whose 23 putts included an eagle on the new 18th hole.
Woods wasn't too shabby. He stirred up a big gallery with six straight birdies, which featured four putts of at least 12 feet and flop shot executed so perfectly that it cleared a steep bunker and landed in an area of the green no larger than a hula hoop.
Watson to play in Australian Open
Tom Watson will play in the Australian Open for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Tournament officials said Friday that Watson, who won the Australian Open in 1984, will join Australians Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Greg Chalmers at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney from Dec. 6-9.
Deutsche Bank Championship
Seung-yul Noh -9
Chris Kirk -8
Tiger Woods -7
Jeff Overton -7
Ryan Moore -7
Phil Mickelson -3
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