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WOODS ONE STROKE BACK AT U.S. AMATEUR

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Defending champion Tiger Woods described his performance that left him a stroke out of the lead at the U.S. Amateur Championship as "one of those days."

"I hit the ball well, it's just that I hit a few bad ones," the 19-year-old said after shooting a 2-under-par 68 in the first round of stroke-play qualifying Tuesday.Justin Roof of Conway, S.C., and Steve Scott of Coral Springs, Fla., shared the lead in the centennial championship. The low 64 players after today's second round advance to match play.

Woods, who last year became the first black winner and the youngest amateur champion, had eight birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club in Middletown, R.I.

"I hit a few shots left that cost me a few shots here and there, but I don't think it's anything really bad," he said.

Bidding to become the first repeat winner since 1983, Woods birdied the first, fifth, seventh and ninth, but bogeyed the third hole and had a double-bogey 6 on the sixth to make the turn at 1-under 34.

The Stanford sophomore parred the first four holes on the back nine before making a birdie on the par-4 14th hole to move to 2-under. Woods closed the round bogey, birdie, bogey, birdie to reach the clubhouse at 68.

Roof, a 19-year-old junior at Wake Forest, grabbed a share of the lead with four birdies and a bogey on the Newport Country Club. He birdied the third, eighth, 10th and 11th holes.

"I didn't feel like I struck the ball well today, but I putted well," he said. "It's a relief to come out and not play my best and still score well."

Martin Pettigrew of New Zealand carded the only hole-in-one Tuesday, acing the 190-yard, par-3 eighth hole at Newport.

The 312 entrants are playing one round each at Newport and Wanumetonomy. The champion will be decided by a 36-hole final Sunday.