Woods leads Amex Championship

An eagle at the 18th was enough to give Tiger Woods a one shot lead following the first round of the American Express Championship in England.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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Tiger Woods hasn't had the greatest of times since arriving in England and Ireland two weeks ago. He lost in the first round of the World Match Play Championship and was on the losing American team at the Ryder Cup. However, on Thursday he found his stride at the World Golf Championship. A birdie for the defending champion at the ninth hole ensured he went out in 29 at this course north of London. Sweden's Robert Karlsson was on the Ryder Cup winning European team. He had a mixed day - a birdie took him to four-under, which would be his score at the end of the day for a share of eighth place. Stewart Cink was playing better though. A birdie at the 15th hole took him to six-under which, at the time, was enough for a share of the lead. The American held on to this scoreline to stand in joint fourth place at the end of the day. Other standings Local favourite David Howell, meanwhile, was finding his putting skills too, going to five-under at the 8th. The Englishman would eventually finish on five-under as well, for a share of sixth place. Ireland's Padraig Harrington, like Cink, found the 15th to his liking and went to six-under there as well. Several players were chasing Woods hard, but a birdie at the 15th ensured he went to seven-under, for a one shot lead. Ernie Els lies tied with Cink going into round two after he shot a 6-under 65. Harrington though was going one better than Els and Cink, a birdie at the 18th taking him to seven under and with it the clubhouse lead. Ian Poulter was making a late charge. A birdie at the 8th took him to six-under, keeping pace with the leaders. Tiger unstoppable Darren Clarke was partnering Tiger Woods and he brought rapturous applause from the crowd with his third shot at the 18th. He eventually went on to birdie the hole to finish on three under, tied for 14th. Woods, however, was unstoppable. Approaching the 18th he was lying at six-under, a shot behind Harrington. The American pulled off a brilliant eagle putt with his last shot of the day to finish on eight-under though and he will take a one shot lead into the second round. Poulter managed one more birdie at his final hole to ensure he went to seven-under, tied in second place with Harrington.(AP)