Woods Regains Form To Share Lead At The WGC-Cadillac Championship

World number two Tiger Woods fired a six-under par 66 to seize the clubhouse lead during the first round of the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship.

A confident Woods made nine birdies, his most since the opening round of September's BMW Championship, to share the lead with Sweden's Freddie Jacobson, who enjoyed eagles on the eighth and 10th holes.

Joining Jacobson and Woods at the top of the leaderboard were Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell. Four players were at 67, including Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan, who was 5 under on his front nine and finished with nine birdies and four bogeys.

Woods led this tournament after the first round in both 2006 and 2002 and went on to win both times. He's also gone on to win both times that he shot better than 67 at Doral in the first round.

"I like the venue," Woods said Wednesday. "This course has been good to me over the years."

Meanwhile it was another struggle for world number one Rory McIlroy. He hit only three fairways and made six bogeys that kept him at par or worse on a perfect day for scoring. He wound up with a 73, and has yet to have a round under par this year.