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Northwestern Mutual World Challenge: Zach Johnson leads, Tiger Woods in fifth

Zach Johnson leads by one stroke at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge after firing a five-under 67. In second place, is Matt Kuchar shooting a four-under 68.  Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson are tied for third at two-under, and Tiger Woods rounds out the top five with a score of one-under par.

Johnson turned up the heat on the back nine.  He birdied five of seven holes before bogeying the eighteenth to settle for a four-under 32.  Johnson’s back nine came after a modest one-under score on the front nine.  The Drake University product will surely be happy leading at five-under.

Matt Kuchar had somewhat of a wild day.  He began with four straight pars before birdieing holes five and six.  After bogies on seven and eight, and a birdie on nine, Kuchar made the turn at one-under 35.  Kuch went on to eagle the par-five eleventh and birdie the par-five 13th to bump his score to four-under, where he would finish for the day.

Tiger Woods bogeyed his opening hole, and went on to make two birdies and fifteen pars for a one-under score of 71.  A rather uneventful day for Mr. Woods, but he remains in the hunt.

The Northwestern Mutual is a four round tournament, with the final round scheduled for Sunday.  Eighteen world-class players are teeing it up, but there were only five scores under par.  Some players were not happy with their performance, including Ian Poulter, who shot a four-over 76.

Tags: Ian Poulter Northwestern Mutual World Challenge Tiger Woods Zach Johnson

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