Tiger updates: Round 1 scores, highlights and where to watch

Tiger Woods knows he’s competitively rusty, compared to the vast majority of this week’s PGA Championship field.

That doesn’t mean he expects any less of himself.

Woods, 48, gets underway at 8:14 a.m. ET Thursday for the opening round of the 106th PGA Championship, grouped alongside Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. (A 10-minute fog delay pushed back his tee time from 8:04.)

Woods’ history echoes throughout the grounds, as his 2000 PGA Championship victory here (outlasting Bob May in a three-hole playoff) marked the third leg of the “Tiger Slam,” which he completed at the 2001 Masters. Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open and The Open by a combined 23 shots, before the wily veteran May gave him all he could handle for 75 holes at Valhalla. As has often been the case in a nearly three-decade professional career, though, Woods was the last man standing.

Can Woods recapture that magic this week at Valhalla? His body isn’t what it once was (he’d be the first to admit) as various injuries and surgeries have taken their toll. Then again, he was within striking distance of the leaders through 36 holes at last month’s Masters, where he made the cut with rounds of 73-72 before drifting backward on the weekend. He’ll look for a stronger 72-hole effort at this week’s PGA, if his body holds up.

Keep it here for updates throughout Woods’ opening round at the 106th PGA Championship (all times ET). Live coverage is on ESPN+ from 7 a.m. until noon, before moving to ESPN from noon until 8 p.m.

10:04 a.m.: Woods falls victim to Valhalla’s thick rough on the par-4 15th, as he misses his tee shot into the left rough and is forced to lay up, similar to on No. 12. This time he can’t save par, as his 68-yard third shot lands 33 feet past the hole and he two-putts for bogey. Woods returns over par for the day, now 1 over through six.

9:40 a.m.: Woods plays a smart shot to the middle of the green on the 256-yard, par-3 14th, and he comfortably two-putts from 54 feet. Woods stays even-par through five holes, as he has demonstrated good pace on the greens early Thursday in the Bluegrass State.

9:20 a.m.: Woods rolls the momentum from an unlikely par at the 12th into his first birdie of the week. On the iconic limestone-waterfall par-4 13th, he splits the fairway and plays a deft 92-yard wedge to 18 feet. He doesn’t miss a beat on the uphill birdie try; it finds the center of the cup. Woods returns to even-par on the day.

9:02 a.m.: Woods is a 15-time major champion for many reasons; among them, he has a propensity to grind out unexpected pars to keep a round on the tracks. The par-4 12th hole is proof positive; after missing the fairway left into thick rough and being forced to lay up, Woods gets up and down from 180 yards, draining a 15-footer to save par from near the green’s back edge. He delivers a sheepish salute to the appreciative fans, staying 1 over through three holes.

8:45 a.m.: Woods gets scrappy on the 211-yard, par-3 11th, as his tee shot misses the green long-right and he chips back over the green into a bunker. He saves bogey with a 6-footer, though, limiting the damage. He’s 1 over through two to begin the day.

8:32 a.m.: Woods plays a fairway metal to the rough some 50 yards short of the green on his opening hole, the par-5 10th, leaving an awkward angle for his third shot, short-sided. He plays a masterful high flop shot for his third, 12 feet past the hole, and two-putts for an opening par. The 82-time TOUR winner is off and running at Valhalla.

8:15 a.m.: Woods takes driver for his first swing, beginning on the par-5 10th, and uncorks a high fade that splits the fairway. The crowd roars. Woods is sporting a salmon shirt with his new Sun Day Red branding.

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