Tiger suffers early setback as Koepka starts US PGA defence in style

John Daly enjoys a cigarette during Wednesday's practice round

John Daly enjoys a cigarette during Wednesday's practice round

The 15-time major victor sits at 2 over through nine holes in the second round, which is just one shot clear of the current projected cutline (3 over).

All it took was one word for Rory McIlroy to sum up his Friday rebound at the PGA Championship.

"I didn't take advantage of my opportunities", Woods said.

Hardly what Woods expected, either, but when you don't stay in the fairway off the tee and miss a bunch of makeable putts, a 72 is what you get.

The three-time major victor and defending PGA Champion is at 10 under for the tournament at the turn and five shots clear of the field.

Teeing off from 10, Spieth had an unremarkable first nine, carding two bogeys and two birdies.

Third-ranked Koepka, a two-time US Open champion who opened with a bogey-free course-record 63, was set for a late afternoon start alongside Masters victor Tiger Woods and 2018 British Open champion Francesco Molinari, who both opened on 72 to stand nine strokes adrift.

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"I've got to be playing out of more fairways", he said. Woods wasn't front and center in the picture at the Masters after the first round, though he certainly was in contention.

Cook's best moment came on the par-5 13th (his fourth hole) when he sank a 25-foot putt to get to even. I felt like I let it slip a little bit.

They claim Woods and his girlfriend, Erica Herman, the restaurant's general manager, knew their son battled alcoholism, according to the suit, and that Woods "was directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management ... were not over-serving its employees/customers", TMZ reported. I feel like the way I scored was actually the way that I played, and any time I was in a situation where it maybe looked like I was contending, it didn't feel like it this year so far.

But Woods sank a 30-foot eagle putt at the fourth, a 15-footer for birdie at 15, and used his irons to help his inconsistent putting. Woods shook his head as he walked off 17, knowing he needed a spree of birdies - or better. "You can't get away with anything 40 yards offline".

After a stunning Masters tournament win that Michael Jordan deemed the "greatest comeback" he'd ever seen, Tiger Woods had a nightmarish start at the 2019 PGA Championship in Farmingdale, New York on Thursday.

He will be playing alongside defending champion Koepka and Open champion Francesco Molinari. "I think I'm still learning, understandably, my game, and I've figured it out". Only two have gone on to win: Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 US Open and Raymond Floyd in the 1982 PGA Championship.

Woods parred on the 18th hole to go 3-over-par after nine holes. "If I'm able to put some good work in tomorrow, then I will be in contention on Sunday".

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