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CRAWFORD | Woods struggles through opening round at Valhalla

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Woods reacts to a poor tee shot on No. 7. (AP photo) Woods reacts to a poor tee shot on No. 7. (AP photo)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- How did Tiger Woods look at Valhalla in the first round of the PGA Championship?

About the way you'd expect a guy coming off back surgery who hasn't broken 70 on the weekend of a major since 2011.

He sprayed shots all over Valhalla. Starting on the back nine, he bogeyed both par-threes on the back, but looked like he might get something going after holing a wedge shot on No. 16 from more than 100 yards away. That magic wouldn't last. Errant tee shots on No. 1 and No. 2 sent him on his way to a 3-over par 74 finish.

"Oh for (expletive) sake, Tiger," he yelled at himself on No. 2 after he hit his tee shot near a creek, leading to a one-stroke penalty.

He went to the clubhouse eight shots off the lead, and seemed discouraged after the round.

"I wasn't very good," Woods said. "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. I had plenty of looks to turn my round around and then post something even par, even under par."

But he couldn't make it happen.

Woods proclaimed himself fit after nine practice holes Wednesday, saying his back injury was unrelated to his back surgery earlier this year. And he said he felt good going into the round after his practice swings Thursday morning.

"My swing was dialed in on that range out there," Woods said. "Unfortunately, I didn't carry it to the golf course."

After his round, Woods said his back was "a little bit stiff" but added he wasn't feeling any pain.

Despite his deficit, Woods wouldn't allow that he is out of contention.

"Right now it's pretty bunched," Woods said. "Right now I think 2-under is in the Top 10, so I just don't see this golf course getting -- guys going super low here unless we get some rain. If it softens up, then the guys will start posting some lower numbers."

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