Step off the edge and let the roller-coaster ride begin.
So it went for a rusty-looking Tiger Woods as his PGA Championship opened with a wild 2-over 72 on Thursday at Bethpage Black, finishing nine shots back of his playing partner, early leader Brooks Koepka.
It was Woods’ first competitive round since winning his 15th career major at the Masters in April, and it began with a double-bogey at his first hole, No. 10. It was a shock to the system with the dew still on the grass at 8:24 a.m. and a few enthusiastic fans clad head-to-toe in striped Tiger outfits.
Woods also made double-bogey on his first hole of the U.S. Open in 2008 — a tournament he went on to win, his most recent major before the Masters.
His opening-nine 3-over 38 went on with another double-bogey at the par-3 17th hole, plugging his tee shot into the lip of the front bunker, blasting out, then needing three with the putter from just off the back of the green.
But Woods wasted no time making up ground once he made the turn, able to slash one out of the right rough on No. 1 to 14 feet, making the birdie putt to get to 2-over on the day. He then stuck an approach shot on No. 2 for another birdie, and then rolled in an eagle putt on No. 4 to get to 1-under.
The crowds were starting to really get behind him — but Woods then started backing up again.
He made two bogeys at two of the most difficult holes on the course, the long par-4’s fifth and seventh, pushing him back to 1-over. He then made a bad bogey at the par-3 eighth hole from just off the green, a woeful chip and a missed a 8-foot par putt that were completely deflating.
After a par at No. 9, Woods finished up his 1-under back nine and a round that was bizarre and colored with rust.