[이데일리 스타in 주영로 기자] Tiger Woods (USA), the ‘golf king’, suffered 74 on the first day of the PGA Championship (total prize undecided), where he played for the second time after returning from a car accident.
On the 20th (Korean time) at Southern Hills (par 70) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, on the 20th (Korean time), Woods pulled three birdies in the first round of the tournament, but threw out seven bogeys and lost four to hit a 4-over-par 74. Finished the first round in a tie for 99th. It’s nine shots behind Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), who took the lead by hitting 5-under 65, and two shots from the top 60, the expected cutoff.
Woods, who suffered a car accident in February of last year, completed treatment and rehabilitation, and returned to the Masters after 509 days in April. On his first day, he shot one under par 71 and showed off his near-perfect performance, which was warmly welcomed by fans. Although he was limping from the second round due to an injured leg, he was unable to show the performance he had shown on the first day, and finished the tournament in 47th place.
Woods, who returned to the field after about a month after the Masters, played against Jordan Spieth (USA) and Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) that day, but showed a bit of a disappointment.
Woods, who started playing on the 10th hole, got off to a good start by catching a birdie on the first hole. He dropped his tee shot on the left side of the fairway, and with 95 yards left, he hit the second shot 1m into the hole to catch a birdie. Then, on the 14th hole (par 3), it seemed to cruise by putting a tee shot at 4m and putting a birdie on it. However, he didn’t get the game going the way he wanted to after seeing a bogey on the 15th hole (par 4). He lost one more shot on the 18th hole (par 4) and finished the first half with an even par.
Entering the second half, Woods wobbled down bogeys on the 1st and 2nd holes (more than par 4). He blew a birdie on the 3rd (par 4) for my bounce back, but roughed the 4th (par 4) tee shot and the second shot went into the bunker to the left of the green, continuing a difficult game and eventually bogeying. After that, he bogeyed on the 8th (par 3) and 9th (par 4) without a birdie on the 5 holes and lost 4 strokes.
The drive shot fairway hit rate was high at 71.43%. It was powerful enough to fly 346.4 yards with its maximum distance. However, it was disappointing that the green hit rate was only 38.89%. As he failed to attack the green, he did not catch many birdies.
In the first round of the Masters, the fairway hit rate was 57.1% and the green hit rate was 50%. He made 27 putts and his maximum drive shot was 289 yards.
Woods, who won 15 majors, won the PGA Championship four times in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007. His last win was at the West Dunhills.
“The driver shot was good, but the iron shot wasn’t good, so I couldn’t get the ball close,” Woods said. It was a frustrating day.”
McIlroy, who played with Woods, took the lead alone with a 5-under 65, while Jordan Spieth, who is challenging for a career grand slam, shot a 2-over-par 72 for a tie for 56th place.
Spieth wins the Masters, the US Open, and the Open once, and completes a career grand slam if she reaches the top of the tournament.
Only five players on the PGA Tour have achieved a career Grand Slam: Tiger Woods (USA), Jack Nicklaus (USA), Gary Player (South Africa), Ben Hogan (USA), and Sam Snead (USA).
Among Korean players, Lee Kyung-hoon (31), who succeeded in defending his title at AT&T Byron Nelson last week and achieved his second win on the PGA Tour, shot a 1-under 69, and ranked the highest in the tie for 16th.
In 2009, Yang Yong-eun (50) and Kim Si-woo (27), who became the first Asian players to become the major champions in this tournament in 2009, hit a 1-over par 71 and tied for 38th. Above, Kim Joo-hyeong (20) finished tied for 138th with an 8-over-par 78.