Tracker: Westwood among co-leaders; McIlroy lurks

Rory McIlroy watches his tee ball on No. 5. He made the turn at 3 under, three off the lead at the PGA Championship.

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Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell moved to the early lead with 6-under 65s Thursday at the PGA Championship and Ryan Palmer joined in as the first round wound its way to a close. Rory McIlroy is among a five players nipping at their heels, one shot back.

Tiger Woods is getting past last week's back injury behind him at Valhalla, yet his fifth PGA Championship title this week looks like a longshot. Woods, who said "I feel good" Wednesday, posted a 3-over 74 while paired with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.

We'll follow the highlights all day in Louisville, Ky., – and be sure to scroll down for our pre-tournament coverage:

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Update No. 24: 7:39 p.m. EDT

Chris Wood finds the green at the ninth, his last hole of the day, but faces a long birdie try. He lags it close and taps in for a 66.

Jerry Kelly finishes with a par to wrap up a 4-under 67 that sends him in T-9 at 4 under with Mikko Ilonen.

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Update No. 23: 7:18 p.m. EDT

Jerry Kelly slips back to 4 under with a bogey at No. 8; with one hole to play, he is in the hunt for his fourth win on Tour and fifth top 10 of the season.

Chris Wood of England climbs to 5 under with a birdie at No. 7. With a European Tour win in 2013, Wood is 90th in OWGR and looking for his first major.

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Update No. 22: 6:55 p.m. EDT

Jerry Kelly climbs to T-4 at 5 under with a birdie at No. 7 and will take aim at joining the lead (or taking it) during his last two holes.

Meanwhile, even Rory McIlroy himself really can't explain his trouble just after the turn, then ripping off four straight birdies to bounce back.

"I was really annoyed. It was actually a bit of a shock – the second shot on 10 is the worst shot i've hit in the last few weeks and it sort of came out of the blue. So it sort of knocked me off track a little bit. And then to bogey 11, i was really annoyed with that," McIlroy told TNT. "But to come back the way I did with a great birdie on 12 after a great second shot and then to continue that run, it was great. I really needed that."

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Update No. 21: 6:45 p.m. EDT

Let's wrap up a few big-name finishes here:

  • Henrik Stenson, reigning FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai champ: Birdie-par-birdie for a 5-under 66; T-4.
  • Bubba Watson, reigning Masters champ: Birdie-bogey-par-par for a 1-under 70; T-36.
  • Martin Kaymer, reigning U.S. Open champ: Eight straight pars for a 1-under 70; T-36.

MCILROY TRACKER: Big hit down the fairway again, then on the back of the green in two. (Seriously, how to explain Nos. 10-11?) He two-putts for birdie to pull within a shot of the lead as he heads in. RORY ON THE DAY: 5-under 66, T-4.

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Update No. 20: 6:28 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia gets greenside in two at the 18th and gets up and down for birdie to wrap up a 1-under 70.

MCILROY TRACKER: Another par for Rory as he winds this thing down. RORY ON THE DAY: 4 under, T-6 through 17 holes.

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Update No. 19: 6:10 p.m. EDT

Perhaps in no year moreso than 2014 should the U.S. Ryder Cup players listen to their captains. Tom Watson and assistant Steve Stricker are a combined 2 under par so far through 17 holes apiece, with Watson 1 over and Stricker birdieing the 16th-17th to get to 3 under. Talk about earning credibility.

MCILROY TRACKER: Huge drive here, then another impressive GIR for Rory McIlroy. The putt grazes the left edge, so close he thought he had it. RORY ON THE DAY: 4 under, T-6 through 16 holes.

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Update No. 18: 5:51 p.m. EDT

Henrik Stenson birdies No. 14 to move to 5 under, T-4 and just a shot back of co-leaders Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer.

MCILROY TRACKER: Fairway again. Green again, inside 5 feet again at that. Birdie again. That's four straight as Rory McIlroy keeps climbing the leaderboard. RORY ON THE DAY: 4 under, T-7 through 15 holes.

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Update No. 17: 5:37 p.m. EDT

Ryan Palmer finds his last green of the day at No. 9 but misses the long birdie putt well right and sinks a par attempt to wrap up a 65 that sends him to the clubhouse with a share of the lead alongside Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell.

MCILROY TRACKER: Make it three straight birdies and Rory McIlroy has erased those missteps just after the turn. RORY ON THE DAY: 3 under, T-10 through 14 holes.

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Update No. 16: 5:23 p.m. EDT

A 360-degree lipout on a par putt at No. 8 drops Ryan Palmer back into a share of the lead with Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell. He's got one more hole to get the outright lead back.

MCILROY TRACKER: Another fairway and another tight approach shot at the 13th for Rory McIlroy; makes you wonder how that double bogey and bogey happened right after the turn. Bad energy bar? Soured fruit juice? Whatever it was, it has passed. The putt falls and he's rising again. RORY ON THE DAY: 2 under, T-19 through 13 holes.

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Update No. 15: 5:09 p.m. EDT

Drano: Ryan Palmer sinks a birdie putt at No. 7 to pull ahead by a shot at 7 under with two to play. He's looking for his fourth win and first in a major.

MCILROY TRACKER: There it is. Rory McIlroy finds the 12th fairway, then fires one to inside 5 feet and perfectly pin high. He rolls it in for a bounce-back birdie. RORY ON THE DAY: 1 under, T-37 through 12 holes.

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Update No. 14: 4:51 p.m. EDT

Defending champion Jason Dufner is withdrawing because of an injury, 8 over through 10 holes after a triple bogey.

Let's check in on the top 10 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:

  • 1. Jim Furyk: T-4, 5-under 66
  • 2. Adam Scott: T-57, even-par 71
  • 3. Sergio Garcia: T-55, even through 12 holes
  • 4. Rory McIlroy: T-35, 1 under through 10
  • 5. Matt Kuchar: Withdrew with a back injury
  • 6. Justin Rose: T-35, 1-under 70
  • 7. Jason Day: T-16, 2-under 69
  • 8. Steve Stricker: T-35, 1 under through 12
  • 9. Henrik Stenson: T-6, 4 under through 11
  • 10. Jordan Spieth: T-57, even-par 71

MCILROY TRACKER: Following his double bogey, Rory McIlroy bogeys the par-3 11th with a three-putt to give back all the work he'd done so far. RORY ON THE DAY: Even par, T-57 through 11 holes.

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Update No. 13: 4:40 p.m. EDT

Henrik Stenson makes the turn in 32 with birdies at Nos. 3, 7 and 9 – then birdies No. 10 to get to T-6 at 4 under.

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, meanwhile, has 11 pars in as many holes today.

MCILROY TRACKER: Big miss left from the fairway at the par-5 10th as Rory McIlroy hits it out of bounds trying to reach the green in two – and his provisional goes almost as far left. He wedges his fifth shot on, then misses his putt and gives a couple back. RORY ON THE DAY: 1 under, T-35 through 10 holes.

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Update No. 12: 4:17 p.m. EDT

Ryan Palmer moves into a share of the lead with a chip-in at No. 5 to get to 6 under alongside Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell; Palmer has four holes to make the lead his own.

MCILROY TRACKER: Fairway-green-one putt for Rory, who breaks free of a 24-player bunch at T-13. RORY ON THE DAY: 3 under, T-7 through nine holes.

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Update No. 11: 4:02 p.m. EDT

Ryan Palmer is the low man on the course, with three pars since making the turn at 5 under to remain T-3 a shot back of co-leaders Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell.

MCILROY TRACKER: Good tee shot at the par-3 eighth has Rory McIlroy looking at birdie, but the putt is well left and he settles for par. RORY ON THE DAY: 2 under, T-10 through eight holes.

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Update No. 10: 3:41 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson gets to 2 under with an eagle at No. 7 after a birdie-bogey start and four straight pars.

MCILROY TRACKER: Fairways haven't been a problem for Rory McIlroy today, and he takes the short path via a peninsula on this split-fairway par-5 featuring plenty of water. He hits his second shot inside 20 feet but settles for a two-putt birdie. RORY ON THE DAY: 2 under, T-10 through seven holes.

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Update No. 9: 3:28 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 5-6 drop Sergio Garcia to 2 over, but the Spaniard whose play has been strong of late bounces back a bit with a birdie at the seventh.

MCILROY TRACKER: As World No. 1 Rory McIlroy misses his fourth green in six holes, it's easy to recall that McIlroy had not seen Valhalla before arriving this week; that's a predicament that perhaps contributed to Adam Scott's even-par 71 this morning. Nonetheless, McIlroy adds a sand save to his up-and-down efforts for par today. RORY ON THE DAY: 1 under, T-27 through six holes.

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Update No. 8: 3:12 p.m. EDT

Starting his day with an eagle and following with a par, Johan Kok is the low club pro in the field right now, T-10 at 2 under.

MCILROY TRACKER: Back to making pars for Rory McIlroy as he misses the fifth green but gets up and down. RORY ON THE DAY: 1 under, T-27 through five holes.

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Update No. 7: 2:56 p.m. EDT

Ryan Palmer is making an early charge this afternoon, moving to T-3 and 5 under with a 31 at the turn.

MCILROY TRACKER: Rory's first birdie of the day comes at the fourth hole with a fine drive and a wedge inside 15 feet. RORY ON THE DAY: 1 under, T-25 through four holes.

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Update No. 6: 2:37 p.m. EDT

Edoardo Molinari birdies the 18th to get to 5 under, tying Jim Furyk for third as he heads in. Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell remain the co-leaders by a shot.

MCILROY TRACKER: Rory McIlroy misses the green short and left at the third, but converts an up-and-down for his third par of the day. RORY ON THE DAY: Even par, T-44 through three holes.

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Update No. 5: 2:23 p.m. EDT

Jason Dufner starts his title defense in painful fashion, very likely literally so, with a double bogey at the first.

MCILROY TRACKER: Rory McIlroy's birdie try at the second misses and he makes about a 3-footer to save par. RORY ON THE DAY: T-41, even par through two holes.

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Update No. 4: 2:17 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk closes with three straight birdies for a 5-under 66 that has him third behind co-leaders Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell.

MCILROY TRACKER: Rory's in play with his drive at the second hole and finds the collar with his approach.

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Update No. 3: 1:59 p.m. EDT

Reigning Masters champ Bubba Watson and reigning U.S. Open champ Martin Kaymer start their days with birdies to get to T-18 in a hurry, five back of co-leaders Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell.

MCILROY TRACKER: Good look at birdie at No. 1 from left of and just past the hole, but Rory McIlroy misses left and taps in for par.

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Update No. 2: 1:49 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk moves to second at 4 under with birdies at No. 7-8 as he heads to the last.

MCILROY TRACKER: Paired today and tomorrow with 2014's other two major-championship winners, new World No. 1 Rory McIlroy starts the week with a tee shot to the middle of the fairway.

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Update No. 1: 1:40 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson finishes birdie-par-birdie for a 2-under 69 that has him T-8 as he heads in. Mickelson struggled with three bogeys before the turn against just two birdies, but was 3 under from there in. Not exactly the form of his final-round 62 Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone, but solid.

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 410 yards

Tiger's got six straight pars, but he needs more than that. Closing with his second birdie of the day could give him what he needs to make a run Friday.

Off the tee: Fairway wood here, and Tiger watches it closely as it settles on the right side of the fairway.

From the fairway: Risk-reward time here for Tiger on this approach shot, with a bunker guarding the pin on an uphill green. He's pin high and left, but the ball rolls back and leaves a fairly long, tough putt for birdie on a day when Tiger's putter has been suspect.

On the green: This one gets a close look – Tiger needs a birdie as every player who takes the course now pushes him down the leaderboard, and certainly can't afford a three-putt. This one's close and on the right line but a foot or more short. Tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-over 74, T-81.

Elsewhere on the course: A big surge from Lee Westwood down the stretch gets him into as share of the lead at 6 under as he heads to the clubhouse with a 65 – as does Kevin Chappell, who finishes with four pars and a birdie. Edoardo Molinari is a shot back with four holes to play.

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Hole No. 8: Par 3, 174 yards

At T-60 before the afternoon groups find their high gear, Tiger figures to need a strong finish today and a big effort Friday if he's to play the weekend.

Off the tee: Missing the green, Tiger is just a bit right and somewhat short of the pin. It looks like a makeable chip though.

• Around the green: Perfect speed and just a bit high with the putt from the frings, Tiger taps in for another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over, T-63.

Elsewhere on the course: Rickie Fowler is among three players in the clubhouse with a 2-under 69.

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Hole No. 7: Par 5, 597 yards

Can that long roll for par get Tiger's putter going?

Off the tee: Tiger drops his club immediately and this one is well right, much of the gallery turning around to see where it ended up. Tiger asks if it's out of bounds. Someone (it might have been Phil Mickelson's voice), thinks aloud it might be a temporary immovable obstruction.

• On the approach: Indeed, Tiger is entitled to a free drop here under local rules. Still playing from right of the cart path, he takes a big swing and gets near the green in two. We won't call it "around the green" yet, but he pitches onto the front with a small swing and gives himself another chance for birdie – not uncommon for him on this back nine where he's got four straight pars.

On the green: Here's where that putter comes into the picture, with several two-putts preceding that par save on No. 6; he's got plenty of time to look it over as Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington finish the hole first. Tiger then lips it out 270 degrees, a bit firm, and taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over, T-60.

Elsewhere on the course: A flurry of birdies pull Lee Westwood into a tie for the lead Kevin Chappell and Edoardo Molinari at 5 under They're two shots ahead of Marc Leishman, Joost Luiten and Ian Poulter.

Phil Mickelson birdies No. 7 to get to 1 under with two to play.

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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 495 yards

Tee to green, Tiger is in a bit of a groove. The putts aren't on track, though.

Off the tee: This one is down the left edge and settles into the rough near the border of the first and second cuts, but seems to be sitting up a bit. We'll call it "in play."

• On the approach: This one's short and rolls left, rolling to a halt in the first cut and leaving a challenging up-and-down attempt for par.

• Around the green: Consider this one short-sided. Tiger's pitch rolls just a few feet onto the green and leaves an uphill putt that's longer than a par try should be. Finally, his putter is true and he gets up and down the hard way.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over, T-55.

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood birdies No. 6 to move to T-3 at 3 under alongside Rickie Fowler and Marc Leishman, two back of Kevin Chappell and Edoardo Molinari.

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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 495 yards

He's still looking for his second birdie of the day.

Off the tee: Unlike the putter, Tiger seems to have the driver figured out as he finds another fairway with it.

• From the fairway: Pin high and a little left, Tiger hits another approach shot true and creates another birdie opportunity for himself.

On the green: Needing a putt here, Tiger misses left by a good bit and settles for another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over, T-56

• Elsewhere on the course: Edoardo Molinari's fourth consecutive birdies comes at No. 10 and pulls him back into a share of the lead with Kevin Chappell at 5 under.

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 372 yards

Not much real estate left for Tiger to get back to par.

• Off the tee: Driver, and Tiger finds the left side of the fairway.

• From the fairway: Tiger starts this one right but it finds the green and the contour brings it toward the hole. Birdie look.

On the green: This one misses the mark and Tiger stands pat.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over, T-56

• Elsewhere on the course: Kevin Chappell birdies No. 13 to move to 5 under and grab hold of the outright lead. He follows with a par and is a shot ahead of Edoardo Molinari.

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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 205 yards

That was a good up-and-down by Tiger to avoid double bogey. Harrington also bogeyed the second to drop back to even par while Mickelson made par to remain at 1 over.

Off the tee: Tiger finds the green off the tee and will have less than 20 feet left for birdie.

On the green: Tiger doesn't hit his birdie putt quite hard enough and settles for a tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over

Elsewhere on the course: Rickie Fowler started the day 2 over through five holes, but is now 3 under through 13 holes. Fowler is the only player to have finished in the top 5 in each of the first three majors this season.

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Hole No. 2: Par 4, 500 yards

Tiger makes his third bogey of the day, this time after missing the fairway badly at the first. That was really his first poor drive of the day.

Off the tee: Tiger has some nice words for himself after he overcooks a 3-wood left and into the hazard. He'll likely have to take a drop now.

Approach shot: After a penalty drop, Tiger still has well over 200 yards left to the hole. He takes a big cut and ends up short of the green and in the rough.

Around the green: Tiger pitches onto the green with his fourth shot and will have 10 feet or so left for bogey.

On the green: Good putt here and it drops.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 446 yards

While Tiger is 1 over at the turn, Padraig Harrington is 1 under and Phil Mickelson 1 over.

Off the tee: Tiger's drive misses way left and finds the hazard. He'll have a shot, though, as it's thick grass and not water.

Approach shot: From a tough lie, Tiger muscles the ball out and it ends up short and left of the green.

Around the green: Tiger's pitch finds the green, but it's short of the hole.

On the green: From about 18 feet away, Tiger misses the par save. Bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over

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Hole No. 18: Par 5, 542 yards

This par 5 fits a fade very well, so expect Tiger to go with driver and try to make the turn at even with a birdie here.

Off the tee: Tiger yells at his tee shot to bite, but it finds a left fairway bunker. Mickelson then follows by hitting 3-wood into the fairway.

Second shot: Tiger will test the back here. His ball is near the lip of the bunker and he has an awkward stance, too. He's not able to advance it far and he'll have a long third shot coming up. Good news, though, is the back looked to be fine after the shot.

Third shot: Tiger finds the left part of the green.

On the green: Good speed on a lengthy birdie try for Tiger, who taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 472 yards

What a way to get your first birdie of the day, right? Tiger now will look to add another here and get back to even par.

Off the tee: Tiger delivers another good swing with the driver and finds the fairway.

Approach shot: The wind is at Tiger's back and he finds the back part of the green. He'll have a long birdie putt coming up.

On the green: Tiger leaves the 40-plus-footer just short and taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over

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Hole No. 16: Par 4, 508 yards

Tiger has now gone a third of his round without a birdie and is currently five shots off of Brendon Todd's lead.

Off the tee: Tiger pulls out the driver and pounds a nice fade down the fairway.

Approach shot: Poor approach here as Tiger leaves it short of the green and a good 50 feet left of the flagstick.

Around the green: After missing the green with is approach, Tiger chips in for his first birdie of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over

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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 435 yards

Tiger hasn't played the par 3s well at all so far today with two bogeys in as many tries.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with 3-wood and splits the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger will have another birdie look here after hitting his approach to about 25 feet.

On the green: The birdie putt doesn't drop and Tiger makes par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over

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Hole No. 14: Par 3, 217 yards

That last birdie miss might hurt more than the par miss at the second. Tiger gave it a good stroke, but the read just wasn't there. Now, he'll get another par 3. He bogeyed his first one of the day.

Off the tee: Fore left! Tiger double-crosses a 5-iron and sends his tee ball into the gallery. Tiger then takes a big cut into the ground with his club to release some frustration.

Around the green: Tough downhill lie here and Tiger opens his stance. He can't get the ball close to the hole, though.

On the green: Tiger two-putts for bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over

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Hole No. 13: Par 4, 350 yards

Good up-and-down par at the 12th for Tiger, who now moves to the short par-4 13th. With an island green surrounded by water, Woods' approach play will be tested.

Off the tee: Only an iron here and Woods finds the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: With a wedge, Tiger spins this one back to within 10 feet.

On the green: From about 7 feet, Tiger leaves his birdie putt right. Just a bad read there and Tiger settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over

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Hole No. 12: Par 4, 467 yards

Tiger's tee ball is what led to bogey at the last hole, and his par putt read was just off. He still is looking solid early on, though.

Off the tee: With fairway wood, Tiger finds his first fairway of the day.

Approach shot: About 200 yards out, Tiger hits his approach fat and comes up short of the green. Meanwhile, Mickelson lands his second shot about 20 feet away from the hole.

Around the green: From well below the green, Tiger chips up to about 3 feet.

On the green: After Mickelson and Harrington drain their birdie putts, Woods makes his par save.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over

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Hole No. 11: Par 3, 210 yards

Not a bad start for Tiger, who hit a nice putt at the last hole and doesn't appear to be favoring his back in any way.

Off the tee: Tiger cuts this iron shot too much and misses long and well right of the hole location. He'll have a tough chip coming up.

Around the green: After seeing Mickelson hit a towering flop shot from way left of the green to about 10 feet, Tiger chips his ball to about 12 feet. Not a bad shot considering the lie.

On the green: This one is slightly uphill and will move slightly from right to left. Tiger misses the par save just right, though, and makes bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over

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Hole No. 10: Par 5, 590 yards

Tiger Woods steps to his opening tee wearing a purple shirt, grey pants, white hat, white shoes and a white belt.

Off the tee: Tiger goes with driver and finds the left rough. He didn't miss the fairway by much, though. Mickelson, however, misses way left and will have to punch out.

Second shot: After a little delay waiting for Mickelson to take a free drop, Tiger lays up. Mickelson had to lay up, as well, and delivers a great shot out of the trees.

Third shot: From about 180 yards out, Tiger finds the middle of the green and will have about 25 feet left for birdie.

On the green: After Mickelson nearly drains a long birdie putt from off the green, Woods gives his birdie try a great roll. The read was perfect, but the speed was just off. Tiger leaves it just short and opens with par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott, Lee Westwood and Patrick Reed are among those tied for the lead at 1 under.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

WEDNESDAY

Woods: 'I feel good,' will play PGA Championship

Upbeat about his famous back, Tiger Woods showed up Wednesday at Valhalla and declared himself ready to play in the 96th PGA Championship, which begins Thursday.

Rude: In significant pain, Dufner grinding to earn Ryder Cup spot

While plenty of attention has been paid to Tiger Woods' injury situation, the defending PGA Championship champ Jason Dufner is dealing with his own neck and back issues on tournament eve.

Watson names Stricker assistant captain for Ryder Cup

Tom Watson has named Steve Stricker as assistant captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Golfweek has learned while on the grounds at Valhalla for the PGA Championship.

Bon Jovi to flip-flop wearing newbies, Corcoran's journey leads to PGA

Rob Corcoran will tee it up with the best in the world this week at the PGA Championship, but when his time at Valhalla is done, he'll return to a nine-hole muni where he simply tries to grow the game one newbie at a time.

Garcia: McIlroy less afraid to hit driver than Tiger

Sergio Garcia has played alongside Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in major championships and offers up his perspective on how they are different.

Kok shares moment with idol Els at Valhalla

Before he tees it up in the PGA Championship, Johan Kok, a club pro from Brentwood, Tenn., by way of South Africa, got to play a practice round with his idol, Ernie Els, Wednesday at Valhalla Golf Club.

In nod to Olympics, 2016 PGA will move to July

The 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club will move to July 28-31 to accommodate the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will begin August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.

TUESDAY

Scott applauds McIlroy, takes aim at him at PGA

Adam Scott didn't mince words Tuesday afternoon at the PGA Championship – the right man, in Rory McIlroy, is World No. 1.

Rude: Bubba Golf veers off course in skipping long drive at PGA

Bubba Watson built a brand around Bubba Golf, a fun-loving, fun-first way to play the game. On Tuesday at Valhalla, he lost sight of that brand in refusing to partake in the long-drive competition.

Mickelson hopes to carry spark to PGA

A 62 to cap last week's efforts seemed to do a world of difference for Phil Mickelson -- whose psyche is in a different place at the PGA Championship than it has been on PGA Tour this year.

McIlroy ignores talk, focuses on getting better

Rory McIlroy avoids what is written about him so he can focus on his next shot versus what others believe he should be doing.

Oosthuizen wins PGA long-drive contest

Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the 2010 Open Championship, served up a 340-yard drive to eclipse Jason Day by two yards on the par-5 10th hole to capture the title and $25,000 prize for charity.

No shortage of optimism for top club pro Block

"I honestly believe I can contend," PGA PNC winner Michael Block said Tuesday at Valhalla before the PGA Championship. "That’s how I approach everything. If I don’t, it’s not a good way to go about it."

Toms withdraws at PGA; Stefani in the field

David Toms withdrew from the 96th PGA Championship on Tuesday, citing lingering issues with his back. Shawn Stefani will take Toms' place in the field.

McIlroy is oddsmakers' prohibitive PGA favorite

Rory McIlroy will enter the 2014 PGA Championship as the prohibitive favorite at 5-1, according to bookmakers in Las Vegas.

Perry combines roles of local fave, underdog

In Kentucky golf lore, Kenny Perry owns disparate fates at Valhalla -- and brings a game, albeit successful on Champions Tour, that he is unsure translates to the PGA Championship's big ball park.

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