Hamilton takes lead in World Golf Championships

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

British Open winner Todd Hamilton of the USA shot a six-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first day of the World Golf Championships.

Thomastown:

British Open winner Todd Hamilton of the USA shot a six-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first day of the World Golf Championships at Thomastown in Ireland on Thursday. But it was his compatriot Tiger Woods who stole the headlines. The defending champion looked as if he should have withdrawn with a bad back but he played as if he was capable of winning the tournament a third successive time. Wincing on every shot and sometimes letting out a yelp at impact, Woods shot a 4-under 68 that left him in a large group two shots behind Hamilton. Woods hurt his back last week when he fell asleep in an awkward position on his private plane, and said on the eve of the tournament he might have to withdraw. But he persevered and playing through the pain, put together a wonderful round, which leaves him in contention to retain his title. (AP)

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