Tiger Woods is blocking 74 openings in the PGA Championship

Tiger Woods played his shot in the 14th T during the first round of the PGA Championship Golf Tournament.  Compulsory Credit: Orlando Ramirez - USA Today Sports

Tiger Woods played his shot in the 14th T during the first round of the PGA Championship Golf Tournament. (Orlando Ramirez – USA Today Sports)

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Tiger Woods fought hard in the opening round of the PGA Championship on Thursday at the Southern Hills Country Club, where he played with significant discomfort for his closing holes and had to work hard to cut.

Woods, in his second start since a car accident in February, 2021 that almost ended his career, looked good at first but pushed his body to its limits and it cost him as he gritted his teeth in pain towards the end of his opening four overs. – Article 74.

“Yeah, my legs don’t feel as good as I would like,” Woods told reporters after finishing his round nine shot behind clubhouse leader Rory McIlroy. “We will start the recovery process and finish it tomorrow.”

Woods started from the back nine and his right foot obviously got him in trouble when he reached seventh in the par-four. He had a slight violation as he approached the green of his last hole before grimming after his last shot and reaching for his back.

The 15-time main champion, playing in a high-profile group with McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, had two under-thru five-holes but the mistakes began to grow as the day progressed and he made five of his seven bogies in his second nine.

“I made a great start and could not continue. I couldn’t really give myself a look for Birdie, “Woods said.” I was trying to get the green ball, and I missed several iron shots on both sides. It was a frustrating day. “

Woods, who won the PGA Championship when it was last held in the Southern Hills in 2007, said he would be treated and have an ice bath to reduce inflammation in his right foot before returning for his 2:36 ET (1836) afternoon on Friday. . GMT) T time.

“I can’t load it. It hurts to load, it hurts to press, and it hurts to walk, and it hurts to twist, ”Woods said of how pain affects his swing in the legs. “It’s just golf. I don’t play it, if I don’t, I’m fine.

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