Golfweek’s Geoff Shackelford describes how the rain has affected the greens and what tactics players should use for success.
Tiger Woods is back on the course Thursday for the opening round of the 100th PGA Championship, golf’s final major of the year.
98 of the top 100 players in the world are at Bellerive Country Club this week, making this week’s tournament one of the most competitive events of the season. Patrick Reed (Masters), Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open) and Francisco Molinari (Open Championship) will be playing for their second major titles of the year, while Jordan Spieth looks to complete his career grand slam.
Teeing off on the back-nine at 9:23 a.m. ET alongside defending champion Justin Thomas and two-time champion Rory McIlroy, follow Woods’ first round shot-by-shot.
Hole 13 – Par 3
Solid stroke from TW on his first par 3 of the day. From 190 yards out he finds the green, pin-high to the left with about 20 feet for birdie. This one didn’t break as much as Tiger thought and misses left. Par. 2-over thru 4.
Hole 12 – Par 4
Back to driver on No. 12 and he stripes this one down the fairway, a much-needed boost after a horrific start. He goes pin-seeking form the middle of the fairway and sticks this one within gimmie-putt range. He taps in his first birdie of the day, getting back down to 2-over thru 3.
Side note: it’s a major championship and Tiger is talking to the green next to Justin Thomas, smiling and talking the whole way. Old Tiger would NEVER have done that. New Tiger’s pretty fun.
Hole 11 – Par 4
Tiger hits his famous low-flying stinger with an iron off the tee and finds the left rough. Oh, no. His approach comes up short, hits a bank and kicks into the water guarding the green. He takes his penalty and goes to the drop zone, finding the green from there. He had about 20 feet for bogey and missed right. Double-bogey. 3-over thru 2. Yikes.
Hole 10 – Par 4
And we’re off! Driver off the tee here for Tiger on No. 10 and this one goes right into the rough. Not a great start for TW. From the thick rough he’s forced to just punch this out into the fairway. Average shot from there as Tiger finds the front of the green with a back pin placement. Nope. He immediately walked this one down, leaving it well short. The greens will be slow early on due to an immense amount of rain earlier in the week, but that was just a poor effort. He makes his putt for bogey. 1-over thru 1.
Leaderboard update: Adam Hadwin, Ian Poulter and JIm Furyk are all 2-under early on Thursday and tied for the lead.