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Woods fails at start of PGA

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

LOUISVILLE - Tiger Woods recovered from back spasms in three days to play in the 96th PGA Championship, but his struggles off the tee could have him out by the weekend.

Looking less like a 14-time major champion and more like a 38-year-old with a recent history of nagging injuries, Woods fired a three-over-par 74 yesterday.

"It wasn't very good," Woods said.

"A lot of bad shots and I never got a putt to the hole. I hit all my lines. Just for some reason I thought they were going to be a little bit quicker and I didn't make the adjustment well enough.

"I had plenty of looks to turn my round around and post something even par, even under par."

More in danger of missing the cut than making a run at the lead, Woods was confident the gap would close today.

"If I get under par for two rounds, that will be right in the ball game," he said.

Spraying shots beyond cart paths and into dense rough, Woods showed no outward sign of the back spasms that forced him to withdraw from the last round of a World Golf Championships event on Sunday.

Woods underwent back surgery March 31 to ease a pinched nerve but also said the setback, which kept him sidelined nearly four months, didn't hurt him in round one.

"On the range, my swing was dialed in," he said.

"Unfortunately, I didn't carry it to the golf course."

Woods began on the 10th tee and took early bogeys on the par-3 11th and 14th, each time missing the green and a 13-foot putt but he holed out from 34 yards for his lone birdie.

He took bogeys at one and two thanks to exceedingly errant tee shots, a curse and club slam into the ground following the second bad miss, then parred his way to the clubhouse.





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