Updated 01:30 AM EST, Sun, Feb 28, 2021

PGA Championship 2014 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Struggles in First Round

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The first round of the PGA Championship this year was not something Tiger Woods would want to repeat as he moves forward in the tourney.

Woods' performed "poorly," CBS Sports observed, adding that it was an expected outcome from the athlete who just came back after an injury and who was only able to practice a few times.

According to ESPN, he played one practice round on Wednesday. He withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational recently with back issues, the report noted. 

The New York Times noted that Woods had problems with his putting and "he finished with a three-over-par 74. It was his fourth consecutive round of par or worse in a major. In his 79 PGA Tour victories, Woods has never started a tournament with a score worse than two over par. Woods missed numerous birdie putts, and his only birdie came when he chipped in from the edge of the 16th green."

He took shots through the woods, over parking lots and next to shuttle cars, thus garnering the forgettable score, the CBS Sports article added while citing a tweet.

Woods acknowledged his errors and said in the report, "A lot of bad shots and I never got a putt to the hole... I hit them all my lines. Just for some reason I thought they were going to be a little bit quicker, and I didn't make the adjustment well enough."

It was jarring that he did not score "at all" even if the leaders had 6 under, CBS Sports commented, apparently due to issues converting his practice performance to course work. Of course, there's the back issue, and Woods would reportedly get some work done on his back so he could have better range.

"I had plenty of chances to turn around my round, but I couldn't get the putts in the hole," said Woods, as quoted on the New York Times report.

The temperature was good and the wind negligible, according to ESPN, but it seemed that the guy who made history at Valhalla Golf Club in 2000--with his third consecutive major--lost the magic, it explained.

ESPN added that the person that showed up for the round was nowhere near the 14-time major champ, citing an inability to convert his chances. The subpar showing put him 9 shots back of the leaders' bloc, composed of Ryan Palmer, Kevin Chappell and Lee Westwood.

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