Tiger Woods Looks Rusty Early at the PGA Championship

Tiger Woods thrilled at the Masters. The comeback victory put Jack Nicklaus’ major championship record back in conversation. The 43-year-old needs three more to tie and four to pass The Bear.

All eyes were on him as he took off early at Bethpage Black this morning to kick off the PGA Championship. And the guy who hasn’t played a tournament for more than a month looks a lot like a guy who hasn’t played a tournament in over a month.

The rust showed immediately as Woods, playing the back nine first, posted a double-bogey on No. 10. He then scored four straight pars before a birdie on No. 15. Any positive momentum, though, was stopped dead in its tracks with a 5 on the par-3 17th.

At the turn Woods was +3, already six shots behind the leader. His drives have been erratic, his approaches spotty, and the putter less than spectacular. He’ll have to turn things around quickly and dramatically to have any realistic chance at contending.

Yes, it’s early, but the gulf is significant.

Worse news for Tiger, courtesy ESPN Stats & Information: In the last 20 PGA Championships, only two winners made multiple double bogeys or worse: Keegan Bradley (2011) and Shaun Micheel (2003). https://t.co/c1WxjnONfP

— Nick Pietruszkiewicz (@npiet_ESPN) May 16, 2019

Two doubles eight holes in does not portend good things. Nor does Tiger, who passed on a practice round Wednesday, look sharp at all.

He did birdie No. 1, so we’ll see if the ship can be righted. For now, though, it’s not looking great.

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Source:: The Big Lead

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