Archive for Friday, June 20, 2003

Woods trails by four at Buick

Baird first-round leader after career-best round of 63

June 20, 2003

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— Tiger Woods is still chasing Jim Furyk. Four days after finishing 11 strokes behind Furyk in the U.S. Open, Woods was looking up at him again after the first round of the Buick Classic.

Woods shot a 4-under 67 Thursday, leaving the eight-time major champion a stroke behind Furyk -- and four behind leader Briny Baird -- after a surprisingly rain-free day on the soggy Westchester Country Club course.

"It could have been a lot better," said Woods, who was 5 under after 10 holes. "I really had some chances to increase it, but instead it went the other way."

Furyk is trying to join Hale Irwin (1990) and Ernie Els (1997) as the only players to follow a U.S. Open victory with a win at Westchester.

"I got three really good nights of sleep after hardly sleeping at all Sunday, so I'm well-rested," Furyk said.

Baird, the son of Champions Tour player Butch Baird, shot a career-best 63 -- one off the course record -- to take a three-stroke lead over Furyk and Joey Sindelar.

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