US PGA Golf
Tiger Woods was furious after a seven-over 77 at the USPGA Championship, his worst-ever opening round in any of the four majors.
Woods, who has not scored worse in a first round of any tournament since a 79 in the 1996 Australian Open, went in to two lakes and an amazing 12 bunkers as his game fell apart after a good start at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
“I’m not down, I’m really angry,” he said.
“There are a lot of words I could use beyond that.”
What made him so angry was that over the opening stretch he had focussed on swing thoughts, but had then abandoned that to “let it go” and could not regroup.
Things had begun so well for Woods. He holed from 14 feet on the 10th, got up and down from a bunker at the long 12th and then struck a superb approach to four feet two holes later.
But the story started to change on the 15th, a controversial 260-yard par three with water right. Woods found the lake, took five and then dropped another shot at the next after going from bunker to rough and then into more sand.
He was in two more bunkers on the 18th for a double bogey six, another on the first for bogey, two more at the next for bogey and another on the short fourth for a further dropped shot.
A birdie on the long fifth appeared to have stopped the bleeding, but not so. He went from sand into water at the 425-yard sixth, ran up a six and finished with a further bogey.
“I figured I could let it go and play through instinct and feel, but screwed up the whole round,” he commented.
“I’m not at that point yet. I started fighting it and couldn’t get it back. It’s very frustrating.”