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Leishman opens with 64 at Firestone; Woods 4 shots back and shows signs of life

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    Tiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long) (The Associated Press)

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    Tiger Woods gives a small wave after a birdie on the second hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long) (The Associated Press)

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    Marc Leishman, from Australia, hits from a tree to the 18th green during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

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    Rory McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, watches his approach shot to the 17th green during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

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    Rory McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods took another step on one of his favorite courses toward showing his game might be turning around.

Woods made six birdies Thursday to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational. He was still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone.

Justin Rose was among five players at 65, while 27 players in the 76-man field at this World Golf Championship broke par.

It was only a first step for Woods. He opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, and then made the cut on the number.

British Open champion Rory McIlroy made a late double bogey in his round of 69.

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