Woods made 10 birdies en route to a first-round 7-under 65.
The European Tour opened its season with Asia's most lucrative
tournament, one sanctioned by four tours. Play began under mostly
overcast skies, but hard rain came when Woods was playing his last
hole and O'Malley was on his next-to-last.
U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell and Kenneth Ferrie were at
66, a shot ahead of an eight-player group featuring Vijay Singh.
Colin Montgomerie, who won the European money title, opened with a
74 that included a double-bogey on his last hole.
Woods mixed 10 birdies, including five in a row, with three
bogeys. The last bogey came when he hit a 3-wood into a large
fairway bunker on No. 9, with the ball plugging deep in the sand.
"I've never seen anything like it," Woods said. "I did well
to get it out of there. I think I played really well overall, even
though I had three bogeys. I think 10 birdies usually offsets
Starting at No. 10, Woods was 5 under at the turn and 7 under
after 11 holes following a run of birdies from No. 16 to No. 2.
Woods twice had to check his swing and ask spectators to stop
taking photos while he was playing the ball. His caddie had asked
the same thing during each of the first eight holes.
"It was a bit of a distraction," Woods said. "Obviously,
they're not used to seeing a lot of golf here, so I can
Because of heavy overnight rain, the tournament allowed lift and
place rules, permitting players to pick up and clean balls without
penalty from closely mown areas through the green.
Dougherty, who won his only European Tour title at the Singapore
Masters in January, closed with an eagle at the par-5 18th.
O'Malley got the most recent of his three European titles at the
2001 English Open. He last won this year at the New Zealand PGA.
There is no cut for this tournament, meaning all 73 players earn