Woods makes solid start at Harding Park

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Tiger Woods playing at the 2020 US PGA Championship
Tiger Woods is enjoying in simply his fourth PGA experience of 2020 as a result of a back harm and the coronavirus pandemic

-5 J Day (Aus); -4 J Rose (Eng), B Koepka, B Cauley, B Steele, S Scheffler, Schauffele, Z Johnson (all US), M Kaymer (Ger), M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra)selected others: -3 G Woodland (US), T Finau (US), T Lewis (Eng); -2 T Woods (US), S Lowry (Ire); degree R McIlroy (NI)

The 15-time main winner performed alongside Northern eire’s Rory McIlroy, who finished degree par at the year’s first major at TPC Harding Park.

England’s Justin Rose posted an excellent four-beneath 66 to sit one behind clubhouse chief Jason Day.

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Woods makes strong begin at Harding Park

Brooks Koepka, going for a third straight US PGA win, additionally carded a 66.

England’s Tom Lewis is 2 photographs off the lead, with ireland’s Shane Lowry, who won the ultimate major – the Open – back in July 2019, a shot additional back.

Woods makes stable begin at Harding Park

New world primary Justin Thomas, who played with Woods and McIlroy, opened with a one-over 71.

Lewis and Koepka finished in a tie for second at last weekend’s WGC-St Jude Invitational, which Justin Thomas won to switch Spain’s Jon Rahm at the top of the arena rankings.

The 102nd US PGA was once put back from may on account of the coronavirus pandemic and is being performed without a spectators.

Woods back on familiar territory

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy while playing at the 2020 US PGA Championship
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are in the same crew as world primary Justin Thomas for the opening two rounds

After ending his 11-yr stay up for an enormous win in 2019, a back damage and the pandemic intended Woods spent 5 months out in 2020.

In his first experience after the lockdown, the 44-12 months-outdated American tied for fortieth on the Memorial match ultimate month, but he said on Tuesday he’s hooked in to the changes he has made to his game whereas playing at home.

Chasing a record-equalling fifth US PGA win, he’s back on familiar territory having played often at Harding Park as a junior and at Stanford university.

Woods has received each the professional situations he has performed there – the WGC-American categorical Championship in 2005 and as a part of the USA crew right through the 2009 Presidents Cup.

the obvious alternate for Woods was that he had switched to an extended putter, and he said later: “i have been messing round with this putter for the simpler a part of over a 12 months.

“it can be tough for me to bend over every now and then and lots of the guys on the Champions Tour have long gone to longer putters as they have gotten older.”

starting on the par-5 tenth, he made a birdie sooner than claiming any other on the thirteenth.

They had been cancelled out by means of bogeys either facet of the flip but Woods birdied three out of 4 holes on the again 9 to finish a solid start.

‘It was once there for the taking’ – what they mentioned

Jason Day remains to be in search of his 2nd main triumph after winning this event back in 2015, and the 32-year-previous Australian got here in off the again of three high-10 finishes after lacking the reduce at the Rocket personal loan traditional.

“I ultimately had enough of feeling sorry for myself,” he stated. “infrequently you’ve simply acquired to pull your pants up and just move on, you already know?

“i feel just like the momentum that I’ve had over the past three starts has more or less seeped into this week. i’ve been working very arduous within the off-weeks to get my striking again to the place it’s. i believe like the game and the arrogance is slowly coming round.”

Tiger Woods: “This golf route is all about hitting fairways. You get a ball within the tough, into the grain, there’s no chance which you can get the ball to the fairway.

“I felt like I did a decent job of doing that, and the golf direction is handiest going to get more difficult as the week goes on.”

Rory McIlroy: “I wish to hit a few extra fairways the next day to come [Friday] to take a look at to assault some pins and not depart myself four and five-footers for par all day.

“but the direction used to be there for the taking as of late – Jason Day shot 5 below and there were a couple of 4 unders. i think like I can have been a few pictures lower however I grounded it out. With how I hit it on the again 9, even par if truth be told wasn’t too bad.”