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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Tiger Woods returned to competition Thursday for the first time since winning the 2019 Masters for the opening round of the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
The four-time PGA Championship winner was up-and-down all day on Long Island, shooting a ho-hum 2-over 72 to walk off the course T56. Meanwhile, defending champion Brooks Koepka shot a course-record, bogey-free 7-under 63. He walked into the clubhouse with a four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood and Luke List.
Starting on the back nine, Woods began the day with a double-bogey six on the par-4 10th hole, then regrouped with four consecutive pars before his first birdie of the day on No. 15. He closed out his first nine holes par-double bogey-par to make the turn at 3 over.
Woods then caught fire through the first four holes on the front nine, making consecutive birdies on Nos. 1 and 2, followed by an eagle on the short par-5 fourth hole.
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He flipped the switch back to off as poor tee shots and worse putting led to bogeys on Nos. 5, 7 and 8, moving Woods back over par to +2.
Woods tees off at 1:49 p.m. ET Friday, once again alongside defending champion Koepka and Open champion Francesco Molinari.