Houston, Texas: Forty-four year old Bernhard Langer, back at the Tour Championship for the first time in 14 years, shot a 6-under-par 65 for a share of the lead with Frank Linkliter after the opening round of the Championships Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Tiger Woods injured his lower right back and struggled through the opening round, squatting to stick his tee in the ground and retrieve his ball from the cup, grimacing every time he tried to hit a big drive. Scott Verplank, who won the Canadian Open at Royal Montreal, and Steve Lowery were at 67, while Brad Faxon and Mike Weir were another stroke back. It was quite clear who was the centre of attraction of the tournament and even more so because Tiger Woods had hurt his back in practice. It didn't seem so obvious early on. But by as early as the second hole, Tiger's back looked to be giving way. Soon after his tee shot he would grimace in pain and its still not clear if he will pull out of the tournament. But despite all that Tiger would still shoot at one under par 70. Brad Faxon had a perfect approach shot on the fourth hole that lipped out of the cup en route to a first round 68, three strokes off the lead. Bernard Langer making a comeback after 14 years would be at the top of the leader board, his long putter working and he had a six under par 65. Davis Love III managed a 1-under 70 after a great birdie from the bunker. Frank Lickliter playing in the tour championships for the first time after a win at the Kemper Open, would share the lead with Langer with a 65 as well.
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