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Jeff Rude
Tiger Woods reacts to a poor tee shot on the seventh hole, which he'd recover from to post par. Woods posted a 3-over 74 on Thursday at the PGA Championship.
Tiger Woods reacts to a poor tee shot on the seventh hole, which he'd recover from to post par. Woods posted a 3-over 74 on Thursday at the PGA Championship.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – This is a two-way miss. Driver, about 50 yards left and into a hazard on No. 1. Three-wood, about 50 yards left and into a hazard on No. 2. Driver, about 50 yards right and over a green fence and into the Samsung Phone Zone on No. 7.

Tiger Woods might have wanted to become a Navy SEAL at one point. But Thursday in the PGA Championship first round, he played some Army golf.

Playing competitor Padraig Harrington watched Woods hit the ball hither and yon from up close and made an accurate observation. “The man looks like ...

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Nick Masuda
Phil Mickelson on the 12th hole and Tiger Woods on the 16th hole at Valhalla during the first round of the PGA Championship.
Phil Mickelson on the 12th hole and Tiger Woods on the 16th hole at Valhalla during the first round of the PGA Championship.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Throngs of fans lined the fairways early Thursday morning, following the marquee group of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.

While many of the cheers were for Woods and Mickelson, the front nine actually belonged to Harrington, who was 1 under against 1-over 37s for both Woods and Mickelson.

Here is a hole-by-hole look through Instagram photos (follow us here):

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No. 10, Par 5, 590 yards

Woods just slips off the fairway from the tee, while Mickelson goes beyond the gallery on the left. Mickelson nearly makes a chip shot from in front of the green for ...

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August 7, 2014 | 8:28 a.m.

SCORES: PGA Championship

Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship Valhalla.
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship Valhalla.

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Jeff Rude
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship Valhalla.
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship Valhalla.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tiger Woods showed up Wednesday. He remained upright. And he seemed upbeat about his famous back.

“I feel good,” he said.

Part of his pre-PGA Championship enthusiasm is linked to this: Woods said the back issue that led to his withdrawal after nine holes Sunday at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational was not related to his March 31 microdiscectomy.

Woods said his “sacrum went” out when he fell back while hitting a shot from the lip of a bunker Sunday, leading to a pinched nerve and spasming. He said his physical therapist popped the sacrum back in and the ...

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August 6, 2014 | 12:44 p.m.

Tiger Woods arrives at 96th PGA Championship

Nick Masuda
Tiger Woods during play on Sunday before withdrawing from the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods during play on Sunday before withdrawing from the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on PGA Tour.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tiger Woods has arrived on site for the 96th PGA Championship, where he is scheduled to tee off with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington on Thursday at 8:35 a.m. EDT off the 10th tee.

He has a 2 p.m. practice-round tee time on Wednesday with good friend Steve Stricker, who has helped him with his putting in the past.

Woods withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday due to more problems with his back, saying that he had spasms in his back. That caused plenty of concern considering he is only four months removed from ...

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Nick Masuda
A man walks past a photo of golfer Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Woods has yet to register for the event, but has until 8:35 a.m. EDT on Thursday morning to do so.
A man walks past a photo of golfer Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Woods has yet to register for the event, but has until 8:35 a.m. EDT on Thursday morning to do so.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tiger Woods did not arrive Tuesday at Valhalla for the 96th PGA Championship, but he has yet to declare whether he is physically able to play in the year's final major.

Instead, according to the PGA of America, Woods contacted officials to ask for an extension on registration, which was granted. He can register until his 8:35 a.m. EDT Thursday tee time alongside Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.

If Woods is not onsite at some point Wednesday, he would be playing Valhalla blind, as there have been changes since his appearances here in 2000 (PGA ...

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Jim McCabe
Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship in 2000 at Valhalla in a playoff.
Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship in 2000 at Valhalla in a playoff.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – We are here at the final stop aboard the 2014 major championship express. After memorable rides through storied venues Augusta National, Pinehurst No. 2, and Royal Liverpool, let’s disembark at Valhalla Golf Club.

Valhalla? Where in the world is Valhalla. Better still, what is Valhalla?

If you’re into Scandinavian mythology (that’s you, Thorbjorn Olesen, or perhaps you, Robert Karlsson), it means one thing. But if you’re into golf at the major level, Valhalla represents the new kid on the block. While the Merions and Muirfields and Winged Foots and Pebble Beaches of the world ...

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Jim McCabe
Tiger Woods' injury suffered on this swing Sunday has his PGA Championship and Ryder Cup status up in the air..
Tiger Woods' injury suffered on this swing Sunday has his PGA Championship and Ryder Cup status up in the air..

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The scouting staff was on hand at Valhalla Golf Club, just in case Tiger Woods decides he’s healthy enough to play in the 96th PGA Championship.

One day after Tiger Woods withdrew on the ninth hole of the fourth round of the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, his caddie, Joe LaCava, was walking and studying the golf course where a piece of golf history had been scripted 14 summers ago. It was at the 2000 PGA, back when Woods was a healthy and dominating force, that he became just the second golfer to win three professional major ...

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Brentley Romine
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 88th PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club.
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 88th PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club.

Here is a closer look at Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship results through the years:

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1997

Winged Foot GC (West), Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Finish: T-29

Buzz: Playing in his first PGA Championship, Woods was T-5 through 54 holes before carding a final-round, 5-over 75 to finish 17 shots behind winner Davis Love III.

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1998

Sahalee CC, Sammamish, Wash.

Finish: T-10

Buzz: Woods jumped out to the first-round lead after a 4-under 66, but followed with 72-70-71 to finish eight shots back of winner Vijay Singh.

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1999

Medinah (Ill.) CC (No. 3)

Finish: Won

Buzz: Woods won his first PGA and second ...

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August 3, 2014 | 7:05 p.m.

Tracker: Rory McIlroy wins WGC-Bridgestone

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Rory McIlroy during the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy during the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on PGA Tour.

Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was filled with drama before the lead group even reached the midpoint of the front nine.

Rory McIlroy caught and passed Sergio Garcia, one of many on PGA Tour this year to open a big 54-hole lead, for a win that puts him on the verge of again becoming World No. 1 in golf.

"What I'm really proud of this week is just following up the Open with a performance like this, McIlroy told CBS. "I said straight after I didn't want any letdown. I just want to keep going."

Phil Mickelson showed ...

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August 3, 2014 | 1:54 p.m.

Tiger Woods WDs Sunday at WGC-Bridgestone

Jim McCabe
Tiger Woods said after withdrawing with a back injury at the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that this swing led to spasms, which eventually forced him to stop play on the ninth hole.
Tiger Woods said after withdrawing with a back injury at the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that this swing led to spasms, which eventually forced him to stop play on the ninth hole.

AKRON, Ohio – This was an exit unlike any other Tiger Woods has made from Firestone Country Club. The security force was in place, per usual, but not to help him load trophies and clear a parade route. Instead, Woods needed the help to change out of his golf shoes, load his golf clubs, and get into his courtesy car.

His WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – and perhaps his season and Ryder Cup aspirations – were over on the ninth hole of the fourth round. It’s the second time in six tournaments this year that he has withdrawn in the middle of a fourth ...

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Jeff Rude
Bob May finds comfort with his place in history as Tiger Woods' foil at Valhalla in the 2000 PGA Championship.
Bob May finds comfort with his place in history as Tiger Woods' foil at Valhalla in the 2000 PGA Championship.

Bob May understands the fuss now. Somehow he didn’t 14 years ago. Ken Venturi and Jim Nantz would call his 2000 PGA Championship final day against Tiger Woods one of the best head-to-head duels ever, and he’d shrug it off, saying, “Come on, guys.”

Now he’s “getting a grasp” they were right. He has seen it ranked highly on enough lists. But he maintains he was too busy for perspective on that wonderful Sunday at Valhalla. “I didn’t know what was taking place because I was so focused on my game,” May said.

These days May ...

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Nick Masuda
Tiger Woods is using his "old" Nike VR_S Covert Tour 9.5-degree driver at Firestone.
Tiger Woods is using his "old" Nike VR_S Covert Tour 9.5-degree driver at Firestone.

It's no secret that Tiger Woods has been struggling with his driver since returning from back surgery, but he revealed that he also has put a "new" driver in play this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

According to Nike, Woods is using a Nike VR_S Covert Tour 9.5-degree driver with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 73X shaft – the same one he used last year to win at Bridgestone.

In recent tournaments, Woods had been using the Nike VRS Covert 2.0.

"I went back to my old driver from last year. (It) has a lighter shaft in ...

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Nick Masuda
Rory McIlroy will play in Sunday's final group alongside Sergio Garcia at Firestone.
Rory McIlroy will play in Sunday's final group alongside Sergio Garcia at Firestone.

For a second consecutive day, Tiger Woods will play a round with 2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson, while Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia are set for the final tee time of the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

Here is a look at Sunday's complete pairings and tee times at Firestone (adjusted for Sunday's mid-round rain delay):

8:05 a.m.: Tano Goya, Kevin Streelman

8:15 a.m.: David Lynn, Yoshitaka Takeya

8:25 a.m.: Pablo Larrazabal, Mikko Ilonen

8:35 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Alexander Levy

8:45 a.m.: Richard Sterne, Daisuke Maruyama

8:55 ...

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Jim McCabe
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have yet to record a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour in 2014, and neither is in position to end that streak this week at Firestone.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have yet to record a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour in 2014, and neither is in position to end that streak this week at Firestone.

AKRON, Ohio – Imagine Gotham without Batman and Robin. The Beatles without McCartney and Lennon. Cookouts without hot dogs and hamburgers.

Impossible to comprehend?

Well, then, welcome to the 2014 PGA Tour season, the first since 1995 to be played without its dynamic duo in place, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Whoa? That can’t be, can it? You’re right, it’s not. Of course, the yin and yang of the American golf scene have been present and accounted for this season – but only if you have arrived at the course early or looked well down the list of scores ...

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Golfweek Staff
Sergio Garcia during Saturday's third round of the WGC-Bridgestone on PGA Tour.
Sergio Garcia during Saturday's third round of the WGC-Bridgestone on PGA Tour.

An early Saturday start at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational didn't hurt Sergio Garcia, who will head into Sunday's final round with a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy.

Tiger Woods, paired with Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker, struggled Saturday and made an unlikely bid for a FedEx Cup playoffs spot even more improbable.

Here's how it all unfolded on Saturday:

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Update #11: 4:35 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia finds the rough off the tee on No. 17, but manages to ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Tiger Woods will play with Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday.
Tiger Woods will play with Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday.

Defending champion Tiger Woods, reigning Masters champ Bubba Watson and three-time 2013-14 winner Jimmy Walker will share a tee time for Saturday's third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Leader Sergio Garcia will share a 9 a.m. EDT tee time with Justin Rose and Marc Leishman, with threesomes going early off both nines because of expected bad weather. Woods, Watson and Walker will tee off at 7:40 a.m.

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Complete tee times and groupings for Saturday's third round of the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on PGA Tour (all times EDT):

7:00 a.m. (No. 1 tee): Fabrizio ...

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Sergio Garcia celebrates his birdie at 18 – his seventh consecutive to end the round – as he shot a 9-under 61 to take the lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Sergio Garcia celebrates his birdie at 18 – his seventh consecutive to end the round – as he shot a 9-under 61 to take the lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Sergio Garcia made Firestone his personal playground on Friday, running off seven consecutive birdies to finish his round – and eight over his final nine – to card a 9-under 61 that vaulted him to a three-shot lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Justin Rose is alone in second at 8 under, while Marc Leishman and Rory McIlroy are T-3 at 7 under. McIlroy posted a 6-under 64.

The morning groups faced tougher conditions, with Tiger Woods struggling to a 1-over 71 that dropped him to 1 under on the tournament and in a share of 25th.

Here's how it all unfolded ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are set to share a tee time during the first two rounds of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla (shown here in 2012).
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are set to share a tee time during the first two rounds of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla (shown here in 2012).

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are sharing a tee time with Padraig Harrington during the first two rounds of next week's PGA Championship at Valhalla.

Woods, Mickelson and Harrington will play late Friday – as will another top grouping of Sergio Garcia, Steve Stricker and Tom Watson.

Early Friday, the year's three major winners will play in the same group: Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.

Here are more facts and figures about this week's PGA Championship:

WHEN/WHERE: Aug. 7-10, Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky.

AT STAKE: $1.8 million first prize in $10 million total ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Tiger Woods during Friday's second round of the PGA Tour's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Tiger Woods during Friday's second round of the PGA Tour's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

With a 1-over 71, Tiger Woods lost ground on his fight to play in the FedEx Cup and Ryder Cup on Friday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Erratic off the tee with his driver and when using a fairway wood, the defending champ fell from four shots off the overnight lead and T-9 to seven back and T-20 as he headed in.

Woods thought he "didn't do anything well today," he told Golf Channel, saying if he'd putted better he could have had a round as good as Thursday's 2-under 68 instead.

Justin Rose shot 67 to take ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

With his best round since a 3-under 69 to begin the Open Championship, Tiger Woods carded a 2-under 68 Thursday in the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as Marc Leishman took the lead.

Ryan Moore, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel are second with a trio of 65s. Moore and Schwartzel had set the pace early, but find themselves trailing Leishman's 6-under 64 – with a certain 14-time major champion lurking.

Here are 5 Things to know about Thursday's action at Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio:

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1. TIGER STEADIES HIS GAME: Twice in his first four holes, Tiger Woods ...

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Tiger Woods needs a high finish in this week's WGC-Bridgestone to reach the PGA Tour's 2014 FedEx Cup playoffs.
Tiger Woods needs a high finish in this week's WGC-Bridgestone to reach the PGA Tour's 2014 FedEx Cup playoffs.

Tiger Woods fired a 2-under 68 on Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, sitting four shots back of 18-hole leader Marc Leishman.

Woods, the defending champion, had six birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey in his best round since returning from back surgery. He is T-9 in the 72-player field.

"I just need to get reps in. It just takes time," Woods said in a post-round interview on Golf Channel. "It's been building. Today was a lot better."

Here's how it all unfolded at Firestone on Thursday:

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 464 yards

Off the tee: Takes driver ...

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Jim McCabe
If Tiger Woods is to advance to the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, he needs points from two strong finishes in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.
If Tiger Woods is to advance to the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, he needs points from two strong finishes in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.

Tuesday was International Tiger Day. It had nothing to do with the world’s most iconic golfer and everything to do with arguably the world’s most impressive animal. Where 100 years ago there were more than 100,000 tigers roaming throughout Asia, today there are perhaps 3,000.

Worldwide movements are in motion to try and save the tiger from extinction, but for Tiger Woods, his effort to salvage his 2013-14 season is a singular endeavor. Just the way he always has preferred it.

Very few things in his world are simple, but this one is: He needs a ...

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Bill Zimmerman

Tiger Woods, appearing Tuesday on Fox Sports 1, detailed how he made "so many mistakes" during his recent British Open play.

Speaking with Colleen Dominguez on Fox Sports Live, Woods said the troubles were a continuation of disappointing play in his own Quicken Loans National, where he missed the cut.

“Well, I didn’t hit the ball very well; that’s just plain and simple – I made so many mistakes," Woods said. "When I first came back at Congressional I made a ton of mistakes there as well. My thought process was off. I missed the ball, like wrong sides ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Tiger Woods will have a late Thursday tee time to begin his defense of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title.
Tiger Woods will have a late Thursday tee time to begin his defense of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title.

Tiger Woods will share a tee time with reigning U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational boasts several strong pairings.

Woods and Kaymer will play late Thursday and early Friday, as will World No. 1 Adam Scott alongside reigning Masters champ Bubba Watson.

Reigning Champion Golfer of the Year Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar will play early Thursday and late Friday, as will Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia.

Here are more facts and figures about the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational:

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday-Sunday, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio

AT STAKE: $1,530,000 first prize in $9 million purse.

SHORT ...

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