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Zach Johnson holds 1-shot lead at World Challenge

Zach Johnson birdied four of the par 5s and shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead Thursday over Matt Kuchar in the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Golfer takes advantage of par 5s in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Zach Johnson, right, tees off on the second hole as Jason Day watches during the first round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club on Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press)

Zach Johnson birdied four of the par 5s and shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead Thursday over Matt Kuchar in the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Only five players in the elite 18-man field managed to break par at Sherwood Country Club. One of them was tournament host Tiger Woods, who had a new driver in the bag and missed only two fairways. The problem was his putter, including a short birdie attempt that missed on the last hole. He had a 71.

Kuchar hit his approach to 2 feet on the final hole for a 68.

Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson were at 70. They are among seven players who have yet to win a tournament this year, even though everyone at Sherwood is among the top 30 in the world.

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