Golf fans have been left gutted for Tiger Woods after the American great’s injury woes resurfaced in the first round of the PGA Championship.
Woods ended the round wincing and admitted his leg “has felt better” after a promising start turned into a struggle for the 15-time major winner.
A promising two-under opening to Woods’ first round turned sour with seven bogeys the rest of the way.
The 46-year-old carded a four-over 74 on Thursday at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Woods is competing in just his second tournament since a gruesome single-car accident 15 months ago left him with multiple right leg fractures.
He placed 47th at the Masters last month in his return to competitive golf.
“I hit a lot of bad iron shots in the middle part of the round and late in the round,” Woods said on the ESPN broadcast.
“Consequently, I just never got the ball close for any birdie putts. … I just put myself in bad spots.”
Woods began his day on the back nine playing in a group with Jordan Spieth and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.
He hit his approach at the par-4 10th hole to 3 feet to set up an easy birdie.
He added a 13-foot birdie at the short 14th, but made his first bogey of the day on the following hole.
However things went downhill from there.
Woods made the turn at even-par 35 but struggled on his second nine.
He recorded three-straight bogeys at the 18th, 1st and 2nd and made just one more birdie the rest of the day – the par-4 third – when his approach landed inside 5 feet of the cup.