Tiger roars back to life

Woods grabs share of lead with Taylor after 6-under 65

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PARAMUS, N.J. --- Yes, that really was Tiger Woods' name atop the leaderboard.

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Tiger Woods looks at his putt on the first hole. Woods hit all but one fairway Thursday and putted for birdie on all but two holes. He shot his lowest score of the year and is tied for the lead.   Associated Press
Associated Press
Tiger Woods looks at his putt on the first hole. Woods hit all but one fairway Thursday and putted for birdie on all but two holes. He shot his lowest score of the year and is tied for the lead.

In his first tournament since his divorce, Woods finally looked like the No. 1 player in the world Thursday at the Barclays when he opened with 6-under-par 65, his lowest score of the year, to share the lead with Evans resident Vaughn Taylor. It was his first time leading after any round on the PGA Tour since the Tour Championship last September.

"It's exciting to hit the ball flush again," Woods said. "It's something I've been missing all year."

He didn't miss much at Ridgewood Country Club. Woods hit all but one fairway and putted for birdie on all but two holes. And while he hit his driver only twice, they were two of his best shots of the day -- including on the 291-yard fifth hole, where his drive landed pin-high and settled 15 feet away.

Was it just a coincidence that his game showed up so soon after his marriage was dissolved?

"I can't really say that's the case," he said. "As far as golf, it was nice to put it together."

Woods and Taylor both played in the morning, when the greens were smooth. They had a one-shot lead over former Louisville, Ga., resident Brian Gay, Adam Scott and Ryan Palmer.

Woods began the FedEx Cup playoffs 112th out of 125 players who qualified. He was so low down the list that he was first to tee off, the first time he's done that in his PGA Tour career.

"With fresh greens, everybody in our group was making putts on the front nine," Woods said. "You had to get it today."

And he did. The 65 was his lowest score in 46 rounds.

Taylor grinned when asked if he was surprised to see Woods' name on the leaderboard.

"Somewhat, you know? It's good to see him back up top."

Local connection

VAUGHN TAYLOR

Evans resident

-6

Tied for first

BRIAN GAY

FORMER LOUISVILLE, GA., RESIDENT

-5

Tied for third

CHARLES HOWELL

AUGUSTA NATIVE

+1

Tied for 72nd

BLAKE ADAMS

SWAINSBORO, GA., RESIDENT

+5

Tied for 116th

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follower
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follower 08/26/10 - 03:35 pm
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Go Vaughn. Tame the Tiger.

Go Vaughn. Tame the Tiger. Stare him down.

gutdawg
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gutdawg 08/26/10 - 03:41 pm
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Glad to see Vaughn at the top

Glad to see Vaughn at the top and playing. He hasn't played much since the first of the year, has he been hurt or something? I was just wondering because I look for his name every week and it's not there.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/26/10 - 07:08 pm
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Great Job Vaughn....Keep

Great Job Vaughn....Keep making us proud.

april65
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april65 08/26/10 - 09:07 pm
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Go Vaughn!! Your class has

Go Vaughn!! Your class has always made Sage Valley Proud!!

3g
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3g 08/27/10 - 05:58 am
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Gutdawg - You must not be

Gutdawg - You must not be looking hard enough - VT has played in nearly 25 events this year with earnings over 1.3 million , his game is sharp and he is injury free .

gutdawg
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gutdawg 08/27/10 - 09:33 am
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3g, maybe I just haven't seen

3g, maybe I just haven't seen his name, anyway glad to see him near the top, I just hope he keeps it up. Glad to hear that he has done that well this year too. I hope he can come on strong here at the end of the season and make it back to the Masters.

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littlecoach 08/27/10 - 10:52 am
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Good job Vaugh . . .Tiger may

Good job Vaugh . . .Tiger may still be too much. . .

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