Successful (and even contending) may well be a troublesome activity for the 44-year-old Woods, who has ignored two cuts within the 4 majors since his stirring 2019 Masters triumph. His notoriously fickle again has acted up on him now and then this yr, and he’s completed no higher than a tie for 37th on the 4 tournaments he’s performed for the reason that PGA Excursion restarted amid the unconventional coronavirus pandemic.
However that doesn’t imply he’s no longer value gazing, particularly taking into account his well-decorated enjoying companions Thursday morning. Observe alongside as we quilt Woods, Morikawa and Thomas hollow by means of hollow.
Woods and Thomas matched every different with center-cut drives, with Woods spinning it again to inside 20 ft on his manner. Thomas, alternatively, matched it after which some, knocking his iron to 3 ft and carding the primary birdie of the day on the notoriously tricky first hollow (it used to be essentially the most tricky hollow at the PGA Excursion within the 3 earlier majors at Winged Foot: the 1984 and 2006 US Opens and 1997 PGA). Morikawa discovered the left tough and struggled to get better, making bogey.