Tiger Woods is off to a good start at the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Woods carded a two-under 68, his lowest opening-round score in a major championship in eight years:
Tiger's 68 at the PGA is his lowest opening-round score in a major since … the 2012 Open?!
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) August 6, 2020
Tiger's 68 today is his lowest opening round score in a major since 2012 🤯
— Blue Wire (@bluewirepods) August 6, 2020
Woods finished his round three shots back of Australian and former PGA Championship-winner Jason Day, who was the leader in the clubhouse after a five-under 65.
Tiger started on the back nine, making birdie on the par-5 10th hole to get out of the blocks fast. He followed with yet another birdie on 13, but played the next seven holes at two over par due in part to some lackluster wedge play.
However, Tiger would rally. Woods made birdies on three of his next five holes after a bogey at the second, and made a nice up-and-down on the ninth to finish a solid opening round.
It remains to be seen whether Woods can have sustained success on this golf course given the cold weather in the forecast. Tiger has dealt with back stiffness ever since his spinal fusion a few years back, and it seemed the cooler conditions might not be the best for Woods in terms of getting “activated.”
However, Woods did have two of the longest drives of the day and was making some good turns through the ball with driver:
Tiger leads the field in driving distance. So much for the cool weather being a problem for his back.
— Brandel Chamblee (@chambleebrandel) August 6, 2020
This is Tiger’s first tournament since playing at the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club in the middle of July, and just his second start since the resumption of play in June. He recently skipped the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in order to prepare for this PGA Championship.
But Woods is off to a good start as he looks for his 16th major championship.