World Golf Championship, Akron, Ohio : Woods is battling tough to avoid losing his world number one status.
Bubba Watson fired up a first-round 64 to lead the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by two shots as Tiger Woods looked set to lose his world number one ranking.
Watson carded seven birdies with Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Kenny Perry and Adam Scott two behind, while Woods struggled with a four-over-par 74.
Mickelson force top the rankings with a win or a top-four finish in Ohio if Woods finishes outside the top 37.
Lee Westwood can also become number one but finished the day with a one-over 71.

FIRST ROUND LEADERBOARD: -6 B Watson (US) -4 P Mickelson (US), A Scott (Aus), G McDowell (NI) -3 C Campbell (US), R Goosen (SA), S O'Hair (US), J Overton (US), B Van Pelt (US) Selected others: -2 R Mcllroy (NI), P Casey (Eng) -1 P Harrington (Ire), E Els (SA), E R Fisher (Eng), L Glover (Eng), L Donald (Eng) +1 J Rose (Eng), L Westwood (Eng), R McGowan (Eng), +4 T Woods

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