Even before he took the first-round lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Tiger Woods was having a good day.
Mark O'Meara, Woods's neighbor and tour mentor, was the leader in the clubhouse when Woods teed off in the afternoon at TPC of Boston in Norton, Mass. Woods then went out and shot a 6-under 65 to tie for the lead with Ryan Palmer, one stroke ahead of O'Meara and two others.
"Any time you have one of your best buds up there top of the board, it's always cool," Woods said. "Mark, boy, he's been like a big brother, really. To have him basically take me under his wing and show me the ropes of the tour -- I couldn't have asked for a better person to be in my life."
Woods, who's won just once this year to jeopardize his No. 1 ranking, has a first-round lead for the first time since he won the 2003 Western Open. He has won eight of the last 10 tournaments when he has led or shared the lead after the first round.
"It's certainly nice [that] . . . I don't have to go out there and shoot a round like this just to try and make the cut," Woods said.
"It's nice to be able to actually get off to a positive start like this."
A sort of unofficial host of the tournament that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, Woods has promised to donate his winnings -- as much as $900,000, if he wins -- to the charity. He makes the same pledge at the Target World Challenge, where he has won once and finished second twice.
* LPGA TOUR: Christina Kim followed a record-tying opening round with a 6-under 66 to take a four-stroke lead midway through the State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill.
One day after matching the course record of 10-under 62, Kim made three birdies on the front nine to reach 14 under.
After getting to 17 under on the back, Kim dropped a stroke with a bogey at the par-5 15th and finished at 16-under 128 at Rail Golf Course.
Cristie Kerr surged into contention, matching her career-best with a 9-under 63 to get to 12-under 132.
After three birdies on the front side, she eagled the par-5 15th and added four birdies on the back nine.
Jennifer Rosales moved to 11 under after a second-round 7-under 65.
* VA. AMATEUR: John Cuomo of Richmond closed with three consecutive birdies and rallied to beat Suffolk's J.P. Leigh 2 and 1 to win the 57th Virginia State Golf Association's Senior Amateur Championship in Hot Springs.
* EUROPE: Sergio Garcia birdied the last four holes for a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over fellow Spaniard and Ryder Cup teammate Miguel Angel Jimenez after two rounds of the European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Former PGA Tour official David Eger shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's inaugural First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif.