PGA Championship 2024: Tiger Woods’ late putting gaffes taint an otherwise encouraging start

LOUISVILLE — It was well before lunchtime on Thursday when Tiger Woods finished his play on Valhalla Golf Club’s 18th hole with a tap-in par. He’d started the first round of his 23rd PGA Championship early with his grouping on the 10th hole. A sizeable moving gallery followed Woods over the first nine holes, but when he finished making the turn at one over par, there were but a handful of “Let’s go Tiger!”

At that point, the huge leaderboard at the 18th showed that Xander Schauffele had shot 31 on his own front nine and was already six shots ahead of Woods en route to tying the all-time majors low score of 62.

Fewer than three hours into this PGA, one verdict already was in: Woods would not be celebrating a majors rebirth at the site of his dramatic playoff victory at the turn of this century.

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