Link directory

PGA Championship photos: Rory McIlroy pops up, Tiger Woods struggles

Tiger Woods made it look like Rory McIlroy was playing a brand of golf he was unfamiliar with on Thursday in the PGA Championship.

McIlroy looked free and easy and saw only one opportunity in Southern Hills. He blasted his driver over the trees and into the fairways, making some of his seven birdies that took him to five under 65 and a one-shot lead.

Woods picked his spots and was never very sharp on a right leg, he said, feeling worse than at the Masters last month. He crumbled midway through his innings and at the end, finishing with two bogeys for a 74 and his worst PGA start since 2015.

It was just what McIlroy needed as he tried to end nearly eight years without a major, many of those chances doomed by bad starts. It was his lowest tied start since a five under 66 when he won the PGA at Valhalla in 2014, the last of his four majors.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy walk the 13th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.

(Matt York/Associated Press)

John Daly plays his second shot on the 16th hole during the 2022 PGA Championship first round at Southern Hills

John Daly plays his second shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club.

(David Canon/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods tees off from the fifth tee during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club.

Tiger Woods tees off from the fifth tee during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club.

(Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods reacts after his shot from the eighth tee in the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship

Tiger Woods reacts after his shot from the eighth tee during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club.

(Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rickie Fowler hits from the bunker on the first hole during the PGA Championship first round at Southern Hills.

Rickie Fowler hits from the bunker on the first hole during the PGA Championship first round at Southern Hills.

(Matt York/Associated Press)

Ryan Vermeer searches for his golf ball on the 16th hole during the 2022 PGA Championship first round

Ryan Vermeer searches for his golf ball on the 16th hole during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

(Darren Carroll/PGA of America)

Tiger Woods leaves the ninth green after completing his turn in the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods leaves the ninth green after completing his turn in the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship.

(Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Viktor Hovland of Norway watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship.

Viktor Hovland of Norway watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship.

(Matt York/Associated Press)

Jordan Spieth reacts after missing a putt on the sixth hole in the first round of the PGA Championship.

Jordan Spieth reacts after missing a putt on the sixth hole in the first round of the PGA Championship.

(Matt York/Associated Press)

Tiger Woods reacts on the 14th green during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods reacts on the 14th green during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship.

(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth signs autographs at the 2022 PGA Championship.

Jordan Spieth signs autographs at the 2022 PGA Championship.

(Darren Carroll/PGA of America)