Tiger in charge of Chevron field but Ulstermen are in close attendance

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Tiger Woods was back to his impervious best on the first day of the Chevron World Challenge and the world number two’s form looks ominous for the rest of the field.

Tiger is yet to win since returning to the golf course following the scandal that erupted earlier this year, but the Sherwood County Club in California look sets to witness his first victory.

Despite being just one shot ahead of his nearest competitor, Tiger is odds-on at 5/6 to win the Chevron World Challenge and punters would do well to take that price now.

In a field of just 18 of the world’s top golfers, Tiger can dominate his peers and enter the start of the 2011 PGA Tour season on a high.

Chasing Tiger hard are two of Europe’s Ryder Cup stars and Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will be enjoying challenging Tiger for top spot.

At 11/2 to win the Chevron Wolrd Challenge, McDowell offers better value than his best mate McIlroy (4/1) considering they both shot 66 yesterday.

But McIlroy ups his game when he’s involved in challenges with Tiger and the two are paired together for Friday’s second round.

At 6/4 to better Tiger’s score on the second day, McIlroy offers plenty of value and Tiger will know he still has plenty of work to do to win this tournament.

These three are at least three shots away from Dustin Johnson at three-under par in fourth, but with three rounds to go it’s still all to play for.

Ian Poulter has finished first and second in his last two tournaments and is 40/1 to win some Sunday, but currently sits seven shots off Tiger at even par.

A £10 stake on American Stewart Cink to win the Chevron World Challenge would return £260. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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