When he entered the clubhouse, he was just two shots back of Brooks Koepka, who'd yet to tee off and birdie his first two holes.
Woods said he did not play a nine-hole practice round on Wednesday because he felt ill, not just for extra rest, but said he felt good during the round.
"And then I found my way back around, got it under par for the day, and let a couple slip away with a couple bad putts and a couple mistakes at the end".
"It's just going to place another premium on driving the ball in the fairway to get at some of these flags". The three-time victor of the New England PGA Championship made the turn in 1-over 36, but bogeyed five of his next six holes.More news: China warns USA against trade 'harm' over Huawei ban
Former Masters champion Danny Willett had birdied the first two holes and bounced back from a bogey on the third, a 221-yard par three playing into the wind, to birdie the par-five fourth and reach one under par.
Koepka broke the course record at Bethpage Black after firing seven birdies on his way to a bogey-free 63 on Thursday morning, equalling the lowest round in the tournament's history and becoming the first player ever to shoot multiple 63s in the same major. At last month's Masters, after delivering the most memorable moment of his golfing life, the 43-year-old Woods became what he had been in his dominant prime: the most recognizable and revered athlete on the planet. I missed a 5-footer on [hole] 11.
"I felt like I won this past year".
"The thing I get from this kid is he's got a lot of confidence, and nothing bothers him", said Woods' caddie, Joe LaCava.
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Masters champion Woods made a double bogey at the hole, and, just like that, Koepka had a three-shot lead over the 15-time major victor and betting favourite.
Lee is the only player in the first five Friday groups off either tee to crack par in the opening round.
"My goal in turning was try and get to a few under for the championship", Spieth said.
Lee nearly caught Koepka in the afternoon, the South Korean-born, American-based kiwi finishing in style with birdies at the final two holes for a 64. He's the first player to use a cart in a major since Casey Martin at the 2012 US Open. "I did a really good job". Only two have gone on to win: Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 US Open and Raymond Floyd in the 1982 PGA Championship.
The 119th-ranked Kiwi made eight birdies against two bogeys, closing with back-to-back birdies to keep pressure on Koepka in the fight for a $1.98 million top prize and the Wanamaker Trophy. "But I never once thought about the course record or anything". Asked how Koepka remains so calm, Elliott said, "I don't know. I guess that would have been pretty good".More news: Bluetooth pairing bug forces Google to recall select Titan Security Keys
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