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Woods, a four-time winer at Cog Hill, was among those at 68. He at least kept himself in the mix this week, making a few good par saves and three birdie putts inside 5 feet.
"I think anything under par is a really good score," Woods said. "Usually, it takes a little bit before the guys get accustomed to what the scoring is going to be. The whole idea is, I think more than anything, the guys are trying to get accustomed to where to miss the golf ball, because the misses are so different than what they used to be."
Steve Stricker, whose victory last week in the Deutsche Bank Championship put him atop the FedEx Cup standings, had a three-putt from 10 feet at the turn and didn't make another birdie until his final hole for a 72.
Heath Slocum, The Barclays winner who is No. 3 in the standings behind Woods, opened with a 1-under 70.
Only 70 players qualified for this third playoff event, and the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship in two weeks with a chance to win the $10 million bonus.
Sabbatini (No. 35) and Marino (No. 26) are simply trying to get there.
"It's on my mind a little bit, but I'm trying not to think about it too much," Marino said. "I'm just trying to treat this like any other tournament and just try to do the best I can."
The surprise is Leishman, who would have finished outside the top 70 in the standings if not for his eagle putt on the last hole. He kept right on rolling at Cog Hill, running off four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn and keeping bogeys off his card.
"Three more 67s would be good," Leishman said. "I mean, I've got nothing to lose. Probably top five I would have to do to get to the Tour Championship, so it's either that or a couple weeks off. Go hard or go home, I guess. Hopefully, I can go hard."
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