Tiger Woods is painless however struggles to 74 at PGA Championship

From the point Tiger Woods wasn't right.

While his difficult  back was somewhat stiff, his game, on the opposite hand, was removed from being in physiological state in Thursday's 1st spherical of the PGA Championship at Heaven Golf Club.

Just four days off from being forced to withdraw within the final spherical of the globe Golf Championships-Bridgestone invited once he dislodged one thing in his back when landing on his right leg with a thud during a bunker, Woods ne'er found a comfort level on the huge ballpark here despite optimum rating conditions that includes bad weather, moderate temperatures and tiny wind.

He signed for a 3-over-par seventy four and is 9 behind building leaders Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell.

"The man sounds like he must play some golf," aforesaid Padraig Harrington, UN agency was classified with Woods and Phil Mickelson. "He looked reasonably raw."

Woods would not disagree.

On his 1st hole, his tee shot found a foul belong the rough. On his second hole his tee shot found a unusual lie simply in need of a bunker. On his third hole, his iron from the golf green came up twenty yards short.

After he created the flip he created bogeys on his 1st 2 holes, driving his 1st tee shot forty yards left of the golf green and his second tee shot into a hazard.

In all he hit simply ten of eighteen greens and eight of fourteen fairways. He required thirty putts.

"It wasn't excellent," Woods aforesaid when his spherical. "A ton of unhealthy shots and that i ne'er got a putt to the outlet. I hit all my lines however only for some reason i believed they were attending to be a trifle bit faster, and that i did not build the adjustment to a tolerable degree. I had lots of appearance to show my spherical around so post one thing even par, even nauseating."

When he was asked if his poor play was the results of restricted observe and much too few competitive rounds, Woods shrugged.

"Well, it's what it's," he said. "I have a similar chance as everyone else and simply did not twig done. … I had my swing dialed in on the vary. sadly, I did not carry it to the links."

Woods aforesaid his stiff back was somewhat of a difficulty on the course however he aforesaid he is wont to coping with it. He didn't attend the vary following his spherical, opting instead to hunt treatment so rest "to check that this factor is sweet and loose for tomorrow."

Woods is currently in risk of missing the cut, that may finish his season. Unless he plays and wins next week's Wyndham Championship, he can miss the FedExCup Playoffs. And if he's not one among Tom Watson's 3 captain's picks for the Ryder Cup, Woods presumably would not play till Oct in Argentina in associate degree unofficial team event.

"I ought to get to nauseating by the tip of tomorrow. Or finish of my second spherical. If we tend to get storms, it may well be Sabbatum," Woods aforesaid. "If i purchase nauseating for 2 rounds that may be right within the ball game."

Westwood toughened few issues as he followed up a sixty three within the last spherical at Bridgestone along with his best spherical in his PGA Championship career.

"I suppose it most likely clicked before then," Westwood aforesaid of his game, touching on Sunday's spherical. "I began to want my swing was coming back around. I got microphone (Walker, his swing coach) the weekday before last week, and that we did some work. That tends to be once I do my best work, on the vary removed from tournaments, and that i began to hit it well."

Westwood, like Woods, is making an attempt to create the Ryder Cup team. Westwood, a stalwart for Europe for years, will still qualify for the team with an honest week.

"I'm still making an attempt to qualify for the team to unencumber a choose for Paul (McGinley, Europe's captain)," Westwood aforesaid. "I don't need to trust a choose. I invariably suppose that there comes somewhat additional pressure if you are a choice, as well, obviously, as a result of you have to undertake and kind of justify your choose nearly. and that i don't need to be in this position. i might rather qualify for the team.

" … I've had chats with Paul and he aforesaid, 'You know, try to show some type.' i do not grasp whether or not he is simply searching for a reason to select Maine, however I've shot sixty three last Sunday and i am leading a significant on. therefore i am ticking that box for him, and that i suppose he most likely appearance back at my record and sees that I've vie eight (Ryder Cups), therefore is aware of that I've got a good quantity of expertise."