Tiger Woods returned to a serious championship on Thursday, and after a very good start things began to go awry
Playing in a star-studded group with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Woods was at two over through 13 holes of the P.G.A. Championship. McIlroy was the early leader at five-under.
Playing at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., where he won the 2007 P.G.A. Championship, Woods at first showed few obvious signs of the severe leg injuries he sustained in a automobile accident in February 2021. Toward the tip of his first nine holes, he appeared to begin limping slightly more.
Woods returned to the majors on the Masters last month after missing greater than 500 days of top-flight golf following the accident. His one-under opening round raised the echoes of the past, but he struggled the remaining of the way in which, making the cut but ending forty seventh.
At that tournament, he was limping and appeared to struggle to crouch fully to line up putts.
Woods began on the tenth hole on Thursday and birdied it with a three-foot putt after a flawless chip.
He birdied the 14th as well with a 15-footer. But he found the rough and a bunker on 15 and will not stand up and down, falling back to one-under.
On the 18th, a difficult hole, he found a greenside bunker with a poor iron shot and missed a 20-foot putt to fall back to even.
That began a poor stretch, and he made two more bogeys at 1 — a tee shot into the rough behind a tree was the wrongdoer — and a couple of — where he knocked an extended putt from the perimeter 10 feet past and missed the comebacker.
Woods struck back with a birdie on 3, making an extended putt that got his big gallery going. But he gave that right back with a nasty bunker shot on 4, rolling over and off the green and winding up with one other bogey.
After all, because the Masters showed, tournaments usually are not won in the primary round. As if as an instance this, John Daly was at even par through 16.