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Matteson leads, Woods 3 back

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:18 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -

Tiger Woods birdied five holes on the back nine Thursday in his first trip to Malaysia since winning the 1999 World Cup and finished the day three strokes behind first-round leader Troy Matteson at the CIMB Classic.

Matteson made eight birdies in a bogey-free 8-under-par 63 for a one-stroke lead over fellow Americans Jeff Overton, Brian Harman and Robert Garrigus.

Woods was 2 under early, but slipped to even par after nine holes when par putts lipped out on the eighth and ninth.

The 14-time major winner started his comeback with a birdie putt over an incline from 20 feet on the 10th, the first of his five birdies on the back nine as he finished with a 66 on the 6,197-yard Mines Resort and Golf Club course.

Matteson had birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 11 and finished with four straight, closing his round by holing his third shot from the greenside bunker on the par-4 18th.

LPGA: Inbee Park shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over world No. 1 Yani Tseng after the first round of the Taiwan Championship.

Park, leading the race for LPGA Tour player of the year, had seven birdies at Sunrise Golf and Country Club.

Tseng, the defending champion, had six birdies and one bogey.

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