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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Henke Shoots New Record In Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Nolan Henke fired a course record nine-under-par 62 to grab a two-shot lead after the opening round of the $1.2 million Greater Milwaukee Open on Thursday as 20-year-old Tiger Woods shot 67 in his professional debut.


Henke stood two strokes ahead of Bob Estes and three up on Billy Andrade, Duffy Waldorf and Jesper Parnevik.


Woods almost eagled the 18th hole. He settled for a birdie and a four-under opening round that left him five shots off the pace. "Yesterday was the toughest day I've had for a long time," Woods said "Today, I got to play golf."


Henke, who called his round a "pleasant surprise," finished with six birdies on the final eight holes.


"We finally got things going in the right direction," he said. "It was my best round in a very long time. My short game has improved since I've had to use it so often. That's always been the worst part of my game. All in all, playing bad's been a good experience."


Woods was among a group of 13 players at four under, including 1993 champion Billy Mayfair, who tied for second at last week's World Series of Golf, and former U.S. Open champ Payne Stewart.


Defending champion Scott Hoch shot a three-under 68 and was six strokes back. Phil Mickelson, the only four-time winner on the PGA Tour, skipped the tournament after winning the World Series of Golf last week.