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Geoff Shackelford of Golfweek describes how the rain has affected the greens and what tactics players should use to succeed.
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Tiger Woods is back on track Thursday for the inaugural round of the 100th PGA Championship, the last place in the Gulf of the Year.

98 of the 100 best players in the world are at Bellerive Country Club this week, making this tournament one of the most competitive of the season. Patrick Reed (Masters), Brooks Koepka (US Open) and Francisco Molinari (Open Championship) will play for their second big title of the year, while Jordan Spieth wants to complete his career Grand Slam.

Tee off on the back-nine at 9:23 ET alongside defending champion Justin Thomas and dual champion Rory McIlroy, follow Woods first round shot by shot.

Hole 4 – Par 4 [19659010] Tigers tee finds the left rough just off the fairway. He got a clean slap and hit him in a line directly in front of the bunker guarding the front of the green. He did not have much green to work with, but Tiger gets to the point quickly and stays within half a mile of his height.

Hole 3 – Par 3

Useful setting here on tee for TW, the green needle height about 20 feet from the cup. He gives his birdie a good run, but comes only a few inches too short. Par. 1 to 12 .

Hole 2 – Par 4

An iron from the tea was a beauty in the right middle of the fairway. Water on the left, so smart to play. Approach was right at the flag, but only a bit long. This ball landed about 18 feet behind the pin and stayed there. It ended up on a ridge and left a very fast putt to the hole. With a needle just above water you can not blame Tiger for being a bit long. Leaves an interesting putt, but should be in the worst case. He transforms into a par to remain 1-over 11 .

Hole 1 – Par 4

In the left middle of the fairway, a driving iron from the tee ended with a nice bottom draw. Good job there. Another great approach. Tiger signaled that he should go down, but that was not necessary. This one of 149 meters landed under the hole and turned and rolled about 10 feet below the right pin. Tigers Putt looked like he could miss left, but took a big right-hander at 2 feet and dropped dead-center. 1-over to 10 .

Hole 18 – Par 4

A 3-wood from the tee ended in the right center of the fairway. Ideal. Tiger started a nice approach right at the flag, which landed 2-3 feet away and barely moved forward and ended 4 feet behind the cup. Tigers putt went in immediately. Considering how he played this Nine, he steals. 2-over to 9 .

Hole 17 – Par 5

Tiger's drive found the middle of the left fairway bunker. He climbed clean from there and landed in the middle of the fairway on a small hill. This could be on the downlink, but should not affect his shot too much. He flies it into the green bunker, why not? He gets out and flirts with the hole, but rolls on. He can save the par. 3-over-8 .

Hole 16 – Par 3

His tee goes here long and left and hits the grandstand behind the green. He is relieved, but does not seem too enthusiastic about his lie here. He has to carry about 20-30 yards to get to the green, but he does not get there. Each shot looks like it would take 10 years. His chip from there almost has holes for Par, but he'll type for Bogey. 3 -about 7 .

Hole 15 – Par 4

Driver of tea on No. 15 and … no. Another dead miss to the left. He walks far from the fairway bunker and into the gallery between a group of trees. From a thick lie, the tiger became aggressive here and bent it a little too much, caught some trees and came down again near the green under the gallery. He recovers from the rough and ends up just before the hole and comes to rest within 10 feet. He converted for par. 2-over-6 .

Ranking Update: Justin Thomas and Stewart Cink are inferior at 3, followed by Ian Poulter, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Shane Lowry at 2-under.

Hole 14 – Par 4

Another stinger with an iron from the tee and this one is in the fairway, left side. He finds the green with his approach, lands on the edge and turns back to the hole by 30 feet. Nothing to see here, two putt par. 2-over-5 .

Hole 13 – Par 3

Solid blow from TW on his first par 3 of the day. From 190 meters away, he finds the green, pin high on the left with about 20 feet for birdie. This was not as broken as Tiger thought and missed. Par. 2-over-4 .

Hole 12 – Par 4

Back to the driver on # 12 and he's brushing it on the fairway, a much needed boost after a terrible start. He goes pin-searching from the middle of the fairway and sticks it inside the Gimmie Putt area. He types in his first birdie of the day and comes back on 2-over-3 .

Side note: It's a big championship and Tiger talks next to the green to Justin Thomas, who smiled and talked all the way. The old tiger would never have done that . The new Tiger is a lot of fun.

Hole 11 – Par 4

Tiger strikes an iron from the tee on his famous low-flying sting and finds the left rough. Oh no. His approach comes shortly, hits a bank and enters the water guarding the green. He takes his punishment and goes to the drop zone where he finds the green. He had about 20 feet for Bogey and missed right. Double bogey. 3-over-2 . Hikes.

Hole 10 – Par 4

And we are gone! Driver from tee here for Tiger on no. 10 and this goes straight to the bottom. Not a good start for TW. From the thick rough, he just has to hit the fairway. Average shot from there when Tiger finds the front of the green with a back pin placement. Nope. He immediately went down with this and left it short. The greens will be slow earlier in the week due to an immense amount of rain, but that was just a poor performance. He does his putt for bogey. 1-over-through 1 .

Ranking Update: Adam Hadwin, Ian Poulter and JIm Furyk are all two of us on Thursday and are in the lead.

: GolfWeek

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