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Tiger Woods impresses in Akron

Tiger Woods donned his Nike golf shoes for competitive action for the first time in 12 weeks yesterday and it was as if he had never been away.

The former world number one carded a first round of 68 at the WGC Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Woods parred the first nine holes on his return before hitting back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12, and finished the day on two-under alongside Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.

His playing partner Darren Clarke, who recently claimed the Open Championship, struggled in Ohio and carded a seven-over 77 to leave him joint last with Englishman Simon Dyson.

Woods' former caddie, who now works with Adam Scott, also had a great day in Ohio as he carried the bag to an eight-under 62.

Scott leads the way from fellow Australian Jason Day, who carded a 63, with both hoping to go one better than they did in the Masters when they tied for second spot.

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