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Goosen leads after first day of Grand Slam

Masters champion Tiger Woods didn't shoot his best golf Tuesday, but still managed to play himself into contention for his fourth consecutive PGA Grand Slam of Golf title.

U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Woods in the 36-hole tournament that features the winners of all four major championships.

``I'm very happy to shoot what I shot today because I was not driving the golf ball the way I need to drive it,'' Woods said. ``To end up 5-under par, I'm pretty happy with that.''

PGA champion David Toms shot a 68, and British Open winner David Duval took himself out of contention early with a pair of double-bogeys on the front nine to finish at 76.

Woods made an initial run to defend his title again with birdies on the first two holes at the 7,053-yard oceanside course. Goosen responded with birdies on three of the next four holes and then checking in with an eagle-3 on the 573-yard sixth by chipping in from 28 yards.

Goosen reached the turn at 5-under-31 with Toms, who birdied the seventh through ninth.

Toms, however, double-bogeyed the par-3 11th -- and coupled with Woods' birdie at the 10th -- to fall into third place. He inched back into second with consecutive birdies on the 14th and 15th, but then bogeyed the 17th.

``At the (11th), I was 5-under par for the day and going pretty good,'' Toms said. ``And to have that happen just kind of slows you down. I was able recover, and unfortunately made a bad swing on 17 and made bogey there.''

Toms said he was pleased with his first round at Poipu Bay Golf Course.

``I thought I played it pretty well, and to have a chance going into tomorrow, I guess that's really all I could ask for,'' he said.

Goosen held steady on the back nine, with a birdie on the 537-yard 14th and pars on the rest of the holes.

``The first seven holes I played very well, and the middle of the round I was scrambling around and didn't do much,'' he said. ``But overall, I'm very happy with the round. Obviously, it's a nice opening round. You know I've got a pretty good chance.''

Woods turned in an amazing save on the 573-yard sixth hole when he blasted around a tree from 197 yards, leaving him with a 6-foot eagle attempt. He missed the putt, but tapped the next one in for birdie.

``It came out absolutely perfect,'' he said. ``That was as good as I could possibly hope from that lie, and it landed on the green and tumbled up.

``From there I yipped the putt over there to the right and tapped the next one in.''

Duval shot double bogeys on the fifth hole and the par-3 seventh. He went out of bounds on the fifth and into the water on the seventh and 18th.

``I played poorly,'' Duval said. ``I'm glad the day's over, and I'm looking forward to the next workout this afternoon. I don't know what else to tell you.''

Goosen is trying to cap off his best season in his 11-year career. He won his first major and the European money title, making him the first non-European to top the list since Australia's Greg Norman in 1982.

The South African is also coming off last weekend's World Cup playoff victory in Japan with teammate Ernie Els.

``I'm pretty confident and happy with the year, the way it's going,'' Goosen said.

His next stop after Hawaii will be in his native country to play in the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund event.

The Grand Slam winner will receive $400,000 from the $1 million purse.


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