THOUSAND OAKS (AP) — Tiger Woods has opened with a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the Chevron World Challenge, only the second time all year his name has been atop the leaderboard.

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Woods nearly made it through an entire round without a mistake. But he popped up his tee shot on the 18th hole, had to pitch out from the trees and two-putt from 50 feet for a bogey.

He was one shot clear of U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.

Thursday’s 65 matched the best score Woods has shot all year, including at The Barclays, where he was tied for the first-round lead.

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