Woods trails by three in Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — It was hot, humid and his putts were lipping out.

Tiger Woods felt like he’d been run over halfway through his first round of the CIMB Classic.

Only one way to fix that: The 14-time major winner rolled in five birdies on the back nine on Thursday and finished with 5-under-par 66 to trail first-round leader Troy Matteson by three shots.

Matteson, a former Georgia Tech player, had eight birdies in his 63 to take a one-stroke lead over fellow Americans Jeff Overton, former Georgia golfer Brian Harman and Robert Garrigus.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Shanghai, Jamie Donaldson set a course record 10-under-par 62 en route to a four-stroke lead after the opening round of the BMW Masters.

Donaldson produced two bogey-free rounds of 31 at Lake Malaren and needed only 24 putts to break the record of 63 set by Noh Seung-yul last year.

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy, the defending champion, had 67 and blamed a headache on the air pollution over China’s financial capital.

“We’re not breathing in the cleanest air,” he said. “A good night’s sleep tonight and I should be OK for tomorrow.”

WEB.COM TOUR: In McKinney, Texas, veteran Tag Ridings shot 6-under-par 65 at TPC Craig Ranch to share first place in the Tour Championship.

Justin Bolli, Cliff Kresge, Michael Putnam, Canada’s Brad Fritsch and Justin Hicks joined the 38-year-old Ridings at the top of the leaderboard in the 60-man field.

Augusta’s Scott Parel opened with 69.

LPGA TOUR: In Yang Mei, Taiwan, Inbee Park shot 7-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over local favorite and top-ranked 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.

Defending champion Tseng finished the day with six birdies offset by a bogey on the 10th hole.


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