A Rusty Tiger Woods Struggles on Day One at Bethpage Black

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods reacts to a poor tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 16, 2019 in Farmingdale, NY. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

Tiger Woods opted to sit out the four PGA Tour events between the Masters and PGA Championship, and it showed – at least in the opening round at Bethpage Black.

Woods, playing alongside first-round leader, and defending champion, Brooks Koepka, shot a 2-over par 72 on Thursday.

Starting his round on the 10th hole, Woods opened with a double-bogey-6, but clawed his way back to 1-under after 13 holes, highlighted by a birdie-birdie-par-eagle stretch on Nos. 1-4. A bogey on the par-4 fifth, though, was followed by two more bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 to sign for a 72.

“It wasn’t as clean as I’d like to have it for sure. Didn’t get off to a very good start,” said Woods who hit 10 of 14 (71.4%) fairways and 12 of 18 (66.6%) greens.

“It was a good drive and ended up in a bad spot, and I compounded the problem with trying to use the backboard behind the hole there and missing a putt I should have made. And then found my way back around.

“Got it back under par for the day, and let a couple slip away with a couple bad putts and a couple mistakes at the end.”

Tiger’s First-Round Stats

Driving: 283.4 yards (79th)
Fairways: 10/14, 71.4% (24th)
Greens: 12/18, 66.6% (28th)
Putts/GIR: 22/1.8 (62nd)
Scoring: 1 Eagle, 3 Birdies, 9 Pars, 3 Bogeys, 2 Doubles

Tiger Woods’ Scorecard
Tiger Woods’ first-round scorecard at the 2019 PGA Championship.

“He [Brooks Koepka] played well. I mean, he hit a couple loose tee shots today that ended up in good spots, but I think that was probably the highest score he could have shot today. He left a few out there with a couple putts that he missed. But it could have easily been a couple better.”
Tiger Woods on Brooks Koepka’s course-record 63


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