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TIGER COMES BACK WITH USUAL DOMINANCE

A month off put no rust on Tiger Woods' phenomenal year.

Woods, finishing off one of the most dominating golf seasons of the 20th century, shot a 5-under-par 65 to share the first-round lead with David Duval in the $3.5 million Williams World Challenge -- an offseason tune-up event for 12 of the world's top-ranked players in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"I hit a lot of good shots, even though I haven't played in about a month," said Woods, who turned 24 today.

Woods won eight times this season, the most on the PGA in 25 years. Tom Lehman was three shots back of Woods and Duval with a 68 and Justin Leonard opened with a 69.

In other golf news: Aaron Baddeley, an 18-year-old Australian amateur, was invited to play in the Masters.

One month after becoming the first amateur in 39 years to win the Australian Open, Baddeley became the first amateur not otherwise eligible invited to play in the Masters in 24 years.

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