Woods at 1-under in delayed event

Playing only 10 holes because of rain and flooding, Tiger Woods

struggled with his driver and was well off the lead Thursday in the

first round of the Turkish Airlines Open that was cut short because

of fading light.

Woods and most of the field were unable to complete their round

after the start was delayed three hours. He was at 1 under after 10

holes following a bogey on No. 9 in the next-to-last event of the

European Tour season.

Paul Casey was at 7 under through 14 holes at the Colin

Montgomerie-designed Maxx Royal course. Ricardo Gonzalez and

Thorbjorn Olesen were the clubhouse leaders after 6-under 66s.

Fifteen players finished their round before darkness halted


Organizers plan an early start Friday, with Woods facing a

20-yard chip shot over a greenside bunker for his third shot on the

11th when play resumes.

”It just gets dark so quickly and it’s like someone just turned

off the light switch,” said Woods, who didn’t hit a fairway until

the 10th hole. ”The air now also is heavy with moisture so the

ball is not going very far compared to when we were warming up on

the range and early in the round.

”But towards the end we were hitting about a half a club short.

I’m still working on getting a bit of the rust out of my game, but

then tomorrow is going to be a long day for all of us.”

Woods started by making a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole

and then made another birdie at the par-3 eighth. His driver,

however, was another matter.

His playing partner and Race to Dubai leader, Henrik Stenson,

was at 4 under. Montgomerie was at par after 16 holes on the course

he designed.

”It’s a tricky golf course and it helps to have played it

numerous times as it is one of those courses where you get a better

feel for it the more you play it,” Woods said. ”However, looking

back on my 10 1/2 holes, I probably left a little out there and I

see that 7 under par is leading at this stage, so the goal in the

holes I have left in the morning is to pick up a few quick


Gonzalez had six birdies and an eagle mixed with two bogeys

while Olesen had eight birdies with two bogeys. Three players,

including Pablo Larrazabal of Spain, were two shots back in the