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Graham DeLaet in 9th place after 1st round of Phoenix Open

01/29/2015 08:44 EST | Updated 03/31/2015 05:59 EDT
Saskatchewan's Graham DeLaet shot a 4-under 67 and is tied for ninth after the first round of play at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

"It's nice to be home and doesn't really feel like a tournament week until you get out here," said DeLaet, who makes his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Seven other members of the field also completed rounds of 67.

Ryan Palmer is the current leader at 7-under.

Canadians Mike Weir, David Hearn, and Nick Taylor each registered even-par rounds of 71 and sit in a crowded tie for 65th place. 

Tiger Woods struggled mightily with his short game again, and it didn't help that he only hit three greens in regulation on the front nine. He made three bogeys and a double bogey and made the turn in 4-over 39.

In his 2015 debut, Woods already was 10 shots behind early leader Keegan Bradley, who had a 6-under 65. Woods recovered after the turn, but his round of 73 leaves him in a tie for 104th place. 

The crowd was enormous, as expected, with Woods playing the rowdiest event on the PGA Tour for the first time in 14 years. Bradley didn't get much attention as he motored around TPC Scottsdale with seven birdies for the lead among the early starters.

"I hit a shot in on my last hole to about 10 feet, and it was a pretty good shot, and I didn't get many claps," Bradley said.

The crowd was enormous, as expected, with Woods playing the rowdiest event on the PGA Tour for the first time in 14 years. Bradley didn't get much attention as he motored around TPC Scottsdale with seven birdies for the lead among the early starters.

"I hit a shot in on my last hole to about 10 feet, and it was a pretty good shot, and I didn't get many claps," Bradley said.

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