All eyes on Tiger as PGA Championship gets underway at Bethpage Black

All eyes on Tiger as PGA Championship gets underway at Bethpage Black

In the end, Woods carded a meh 2-over 72 on a sunny morning at Bethpage Black, a result that would usually neither crown nor doom him except for the fact that Brooks Koepka seems poised to torch the field.

Wondering why the PGA Championship is in May? So when someone suggested Spieth looked freer than he has lately, he smiled and said, "When you're making everything you look at, anybody is going to walk around feeling pretty free". "I'm going to be somewhere around it or close enough to where with 36 holes left, I'm OK". "The key is you got to put it in the fairway here if you really want to hit it on the green".

"I'm 100 percent not hitting it as well as I did a couple years ago", the three-time major victor said.

Koepka birdied their first hole from 40 feet away, and Woods double-bogeyed after muttering to himself when he realized his drive was heading for the gnarly rough.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka has put himself in prime position for a fourth major victory in two years with a record-setting start to the US PGA Championship in NY. I couldn't let my head get down.

Following his huge Masters win in April, it was a disappointing opener for Woods, fraught with errors and leaving him with very little room for any more mistakes if he plans on taking home a second major win in a row. Fleetwood even had an 8-foot putt on the final hole to break the single-day scoring record in a U.S. Open, but just missed it - and allowed Koepka to bogey the final hole to defend his Open trophy. I think over the next few years, I'm excited for what's to come.

"The thing I get from this kid is he's got a lot of confidence, and nothing bothers him", said Woods' caddie, Joe LaCava.

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Scoring conditions were about as good as they can get at the extremely hard course on Long Island, about 45 minutes from Manhattan. "This was actually the first time I actually got to play in a major with this distance".

Tiger Woods' Masters victory last month, his first major win since 2008, has injected the game with a jolt that only he can. 10 and 14. A bogey on the 15th hole left him at 4 under, but he finished with back-to-back birdies for a 64.

"I love playing over here", he said.

Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, who closed with his lone birdie to open on 72 is another early starter.

Spieth could become only the sixth golfer to win each of the four majors at least once, joining Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan. The U.S. Open's cut is the top 60 players including ties.

"That was probably the (worst) score he could have shot today", Woods said. Asked how Koepka remains so calm, Elliott said, "I don't know". "I think I'm still learning, understandably, my game, and I've figured it out".

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