Tiger Woods shoots under par during first round
Tiger Woods shoots under par during the first round of the PGA Championship Friday, following a nearly three-hour fog delay. 'I played too good not to shoot under par, and it would have been very disappointing and frustrating to end up at even par as well as I played,' Tiger Woods said.
The first round of the U.S. PGA Championship finally resumed at midmorning Friday, following a nearly three-hour fog delay.Skip to next paragraph
Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar and Nick Watney are on the course, trying to keep pace with clubhouse leaders Bubba Watson and Francesco Molinari at 4 under. Only half of the 156-player field completed their first rounds before darkness halted play on Thursday.
After the first round is completed, the second will start just after 1600 GMT. However, there was a storm heading for Whistling Straits.
Tiger Woods was among the players who had to wait out the first fog delay, on Thursday morning. But it wasn't all bad.
"I got to eat three breakfasts, that's always good," he said.
The best part? That wasn't the highlight of his day.
Shooting 1-under 71, even at the PGA Championship, shouldn't be that big of a deal for a guy who has held the No. 1 ranking for more than five years. But after the year — not to mention the week — Woods has had, just finishing a round under par is huge.
Woods actually made a brief appearance at the top of the leaderboard after making birdie on three of his first four holes. But he quickly gave way to Watson and Molinari, and needed a birdie on his last hole to stay in the red.
"I played too good not to shoot under par, and it would have been very disappointing and frustrating to end up at even par as well as I played," Woods said. "To shoot under par just feels like less than I should have shot for the way I played today, and that's a good feeling."
Certainly a better feeling than he had last week, when Woods staggered away from the worst performance of his career. He shot a whopping 18-over 298 and beat only one player in the 80-man field — and that was at Firestone, a course where he's won seven times.
"That's the way it goes," Woods said. "Everyone has bad weeks."