| MARANA, Arizona
MARANA, Arizona Feb 22 Tiger Woods clawed
back from a poor start to beat Spaniard Gonzalo
Fernandez-Castano one up in Wednesday's opening round at the
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
The American former world number one, seeking his first PGA
Tour victory in over two years, lost the first two holes to his
opponent and trailed by one after 14 in a fluctuating encounter
before taking control.
Champion at this event in 2003, 2004 and 2008, Woods won the
15th hole with a birdie and the 16th with a par before sealing
victory with an eight-foot par putt on the 18th green.
The 14-times major winner will face fellow American Nick
Watney in Thursday's second round at Dove Mountain's
Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.
Woods, whose world ranking has slipped from number one to
20th, had been described as "beatable" by Fernandez-Castano
during the build-up to this week's event.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Frank Pingue; To
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