World No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods of the United States has shown he was not hurt by a long time off the course - he is tied for second after the first round of the Target World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, California.
Woods, the tournament host, teed it up for the first time in over 10 weeks Thursday and fired a 3-under-par 69. Tiger's only big trouble spot came on the final hole where he had a double bogey, preventing him from keeping the lead. Woods is one shot off the lead held by compatriot Jim Furyk at 4-under-par 68.
Three other golfers are tied with Woods for second place - South African Rory Sabatini, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Masters champion Zach Johnson of the United States.
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie was the only player in the exclusive 16-man field not to make a birdie. He shot an 8-over-par 80.
The tournament features 16 of the world's top players competing in stroke-play. The winner receives $1.35 million - more than any of the Majors. None of the players will earn less than $170,000 this week.
The tournament also benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, a charity that helps children through personal enrichment programs, scholarships, direct grants, junior golf teams and the new Tiger Woods Learning Center.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.