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Tiger Woods Blasts Out the Gate but Chokes Late in PGA Championship

Tiger Woods, who was victorious at the Bridgestone last week, started out good Thursday when he birdied two of his first six holes in the opening round of the PGA Championship.

Woods went on to make the turn in 2-under 33, then bogeyed the par-5 fourth hole and double-bogeyed the par-4 ninth—which left him six shots behind leader Jim Furyk and 1-over 71.

“The round realistically could have been under par easily,” said Woods. “I played really well today. One loose 9-iron shot [on the fourth hole]. I made a few par putts out there as well.”

Woods still feels confident about his position, despite his late falter.

“As I say, I feel like I played well enough and made some nice key putts, and the key is I left it in good spots too,” Woods insisted. I’m still right there. I mean … as of right now, I’m only six back and we have a long way to go.”

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