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2020 PGA: Tiger Woods opens with 2-under 68

Tiger Woods 2020 PGA Championship 1st round
If Tiger Woods fails to play well enough this week in the Northern Trust to advance in the FedEx Cup playoffs, don't expect to see him again until the U.S. Open in September.

4-time PGA champion, who is seeking a record 83rd victory on the PGA Tour, posts his lowest opening round in a major championship since 2012

Tiger Woods opened with a 2-under 68 in the first round of the 102nd PGA Championship on Thursday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, putting himself in contention for a fifth Wanamaker Trophy.

Woods, 44, who is playing in only his fourth tournament in 2020 on the PGA Tour, offset three bogeys with five birdies at TPC Harding Park, where he won the 2005 WGC American Express title.

Starting on the back nine, Woods holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th and added a 32-foot birdie putt on the par-4 13th. He gave back shots on the 14th and second holes, then birdied Nos. 4, 5 and 7 before missing the green and making bogey on the par-3 eighth hole en route to a 2-under start.

"For the most part of the day, I missed the ball on the correct sides," said Woods, who drove safely into only half of the fairways but hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation. "This golf course, you have to hit the ball in the fairway. You get a ball in the rough, into the grain, there's no chance you can get the ball to the green. I felt like I did a decent job of doing that, and the golf course is only going to get more difficult as the week goes on."

Woods stood three strokes behind co-leaders Jason Day and Brendon Todd, in a tie for 20th.

Woods, 44, has won 15 major championships, trailing only Jack Nicklaus’ 18 in that category, and is tied with the late Sam Snead for the all-time victories mark, at 82. Woods won the PGA in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007.

Woods was scheduled to tee off in the second round at 1:58 p.m. PDT Friday in the final group on the front nine, with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas (scores / tee times).

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