When Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship at the last Southern Hills event in 2007, he opened with a birdie on his first hole of the tournament. Fifteen years later he got off to another good start in Tulsa, making two birdies on his first five holes, including one on his first, #10, to sneak into one of the early leads.
But the hot start did not last.
Woods struggled the rest of the way with seven bogeys and just one birdie over his final 13 holes. He blasted a 4-over-74 and is nine shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.
Things started to turn around for Woods on the 15th, where he missed the fairway off the tee with an iron, threw his approach out of the rough into a green bunker and failed to come up and down for par. Three holes later, his approach from 160 yards down the fairway missed the green and resulted in another blemish on the scorecard.
That was the first of three straight bogeys for Woods.
“I drove well, but my iron shots weren’t very good,” said Woods. “I didn’t get very close to the ball. I had a great start and couldn’t keep it up. I really wasn’t looking for Birdie. I struggled to get the ball onto the green and missed quite a few iron shots in both directions. It was a frustrating day.”
On the third, he rebounded with a birdie and plugged his approach to 5 feet on the par 4, but a hole later he returned another shot when his approach again missed the green and failed to get out of the sand and up off to come
On the par 3, Woods found the bunker off the tee and blew his pitch 40 feet past the hole on his way to his sixth bogey of the day. Then on the ninth, Woods’ approach again sailed long and he couldn’t get up and down there either to save par.
“All the bunker shots came out kind of hot,” Woods said. “The sand is much faster than I thought.”
Thursday’s round was Woods’ first since finishing 47th at the Masters in April. He also admitted to physically struggling with his surgically repaired right leg.
“My leg doesn’t feel as good as I would like,” Woods said. “We will start the recovery process and track it [Friday].”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/19/tiger-woods-shoots-4-over-74-in-opening-round-of-pga-championship/ Tiger Woods shoots 4-over-74 in the opening round of the PGA Championship