Disappointing start for Tiger

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Tiger Woods failed to make an impression on the opening day of the US PGA Championship, shooting a lackluster 74.

The former world number one’s preparations for Valhalla were severely disrupted by a back injury he suffered during the final round of last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, which was in itself only his third tournament back in action following a lengthy lay-off due to back surgery.

Woods has yet to show any signs of form in 2014 – pre-surgery or since his return – and that trend continued on Thursday.

Starting from the 10th, the 14-time major champion bogeyed the 11th and 14th before getting one of those shots back at the par-four 16th.

That would be as good as it got for Tiger, however, as he bogeyed the first and second straight after the turn before parring his way home to a disappointing three-over 74 that leaves him already nine shots back of the clubhouse leaders.

“It wasn’t very good,” Woods admitted.

“A lot of bad shots and I never got a putt to the hole. I had plenty of looks to turn my round around and then post something even par, even under par. My swing was dialed in on that range out there. Unfortunately, I didn’t carry it to the golf course.”

Asked about his back, Woods added: “It’s a little bit stiff, but that’s about it. I’m going to go get treatment and make sure this thing is nice and loose for tomorrow.”

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