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Sport Tiger Woods overcomes awful start to fire opening 70 at PGA Championship

21:27  09 august  2018
21:27  09 august  2018 Source:   golfweek.com

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As Tiger Woods searches for another major championship , his second act may be more compelling than his historic prime.

Tiger Woods speaks after his opening round at the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club. Woods carded an even-par 70 .

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Woods was perilously close to falling out of the year's final major after a horrific first two holes, but he would rebound with four birdies to fire a respectable even-par 70 on Day 1 at the PGA Championship.

When he reached the clubhouse at Bellerive, Woods was five back and in a tie for 28th. He will certainly take that considering how much worse this could've been.

If there's a blueprint for how not to start a major championship, Woods provided it with an opening triple bogey from the middle of the fairway at this year's U.S. Open.

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And it was a different Woods , as the 42-year-old did not have the ease he showed in his opening 8-under 62. Woods closed bogey-bogey for an even-par 70 in the second round at the BMW Championship , getting in at 8 under overall.

He did a good job trying to emulate that at the PGA Championship.

Woods got off to another horrific start in a major early Thursday, as he hit a wayward driver right at the par-4 10th, was forced to layup and had a good two-putt just to produce an opening bogey. And then it would get worse.

His approach shot from the rough at the par-4 11th came up short and bounded into the water. That led to a double bogey and pushed him quickly to 3 over just 30 minutes into the round.

Shades of that disastrous start leading to a missed cut - as seen at the U.S. Open - were there already. But this wasn't going to be a repeat.

Woods changed his shirt on the 12th and his mojo appeared to return. He proceeded to spin an approach to a foot, leaving him a desperately needed kick-in birdie to move to 2 over.

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Thursday’s opening round at the Farmers Insurance Open served as confirmation. His 2-under 70 on Torrey Pines’ brutish South Course showed that Woods can pick up where he left off in his last official PGA TOUR event, the TOUR Championship . It’s been four months since he induced pandemonium

Tiger Woods could've easily played his way out of the PGA Championship in his opening round at TPC Harding Park. Tiger Woods ' third shot on the par-5 10th hole is perfectly placed 10 feet from the hole, allowing him to putt for birdie on his first hole at the PGA Championship .

More trouble soon followed when an errant drive and approach at the par-4 15th left him a brutally difficult 69-yard third shot from a bare spot in the rough with overhanging trees to a tucked left pin at a poor angle.

Somehow, he fashioned a wedge that just caught the green in front of that pin and rolled 5 feet beyond the cup. He was rewarded on the brilliant recovery by draining the putt for an otherworldly par.

A bogey followed at the next after a horrible hook off the tee at the par 3, and he was back to 3 over again.

He then dumped a wedge in a bunker at the par-5 16th and was in danger of dropping to 4 over. But once again he used his recovery skills, blasting out 5 feet beyond the hole and draining the putt for another par.

His swing had been out of whack and nothing was working, but Woods was battling to avoid the round getting out of hand.

It proved fruitful when Woods lasered an approach 4 feet beyond the flag at the par-4 18th and cleaned up the birdie putt to go out in 2-over 37.

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Another fine approach at the par-4 first left him 10 feet under the hole for back-to-back birdies. He buried that and suddenly was back to 1 over.

Woods had stabilized and fought from there to ensure he would successfully battle back from a rough start.

His swing appeared to significantly turnaround in that stretch, as the errant shots started disappearing and he even got a couple of drivers in the fairway. Still, his expert scrambling continued to keep him afloat, as he got up and down from tricky spots at Nos. 5 and 6 to stay 1 over.

Another up and down came at the par-5 eighth, this time for birdie. When he drained the 10-footer there, he had magically got all the way back to even par after that horrific start.

A closing two-putt allowed him officially to escape that horrid opening.

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