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tiger woods scores 72 to open 2024 pga championship sitting 10 strokes back on early leaderboard

Tiger Woods scores 72 to open 2024 PGA Championship, sitting 10 strokes back on early leaderboard

Tiger Woods would take a 1-over 72 in most major championship setups, but the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla is already proving that it’s not most major championships. With Xander Schauffele tying a major scoring record while setting a PGA Championship record with a 9-under 62, Woods’ effort puts him a full 10 strokes off the early pace in Louisville. Beginning his round on the back nine, Woods gave himself an opening birdie bid from inside 10 feet on the par-5 10th. Running it by, Woods set the tone early on the greens and made it known that he would be putting with pace on Thursday — a stark contrast from his weekend at Augusta National last month. Doing well to drop just one on the par-3 11th, Woods got a shot back by running in his birdie attempt from just inside 20 feet on the short par-4 13th. The 48-year-old’s driver continued to pose problems on his opening half as he hit just four fairways and forced more than one chop out from the thick rough of Valhalla. A missed fairway on the 15th ultimately led to a bogey, and it looked a few holes later as if Tiger would get this back before the turn. Greenside in two on the par-5 18th, Woods hit a poor chip to 15 feet and was unable to convert. He left the back nine without taking advantage of either of the par 5s and 1 over for the championship. Despite leaving some shots out there, Woods was still in a solid position with nine holes to play. He hit a stunner from the left rough on No. 1 to inside 25 feet; that gave him a birdie look and started the trend of some much better iron play. This approach prowess came to fruition on the par-3 3rd when Woods’ tee shot from 195 yards settled to 5 feet and got the 15-time major champion back to even par. Plenty of runway remained out in front of Tiger as a couple short par 4s and one last par 5 made up his remaining six holes. He let the short par-4 4th go by without a birdie but got through the difficult par-4 sixth before arriving at his final par 5 of the round. Woods walked in his birdie bid from 13 feet on No. 7 to claw into red figures, and the thought of his first under-par round in a major championship since the second round of the 2022 PGA Championship became real … until it didn’t. Back-to-back three putts on Woods’ final two holes turned a 1-under 70 into a 1-over 72. Suddenly, the weekend is in jeopardy for Woods as players continue to zip through the wet and accessible Valhalla Golf Club.

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