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Woods did not practice Wednesday because he said he was feeling under the weather. "It doesn't always go right, but I enjoy the toughest courses, and I enjoy getting in a dogfight out there [on] the toughest courses in the world".
In contrast to Koepka, a three-time major victor who is ranked No. 3 in the world, Lee said, "it's not always fairytales and unicorns out here" for players outside the top 100. The South Korean-born Kiwi was in the first group off the back nine and double bogeys at 15 and 16 left him six over for the day, but four birdies took him into a share of sixth on two-under with South Korea's Kang Sung.
Ben Cook Jr. got off to a good start but struggled on the closing holes Thursday to shoot a 74 in the first round of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. And 13, I can get there, too, and [I] hit it in the bunker. TV ratings for the final round of this year's Masters were up more than 41 percent over last year's tournament - a fact not lost on veterans like Steve Stricker, one of Woods' closest friends on tour.
"I parred two par-fives and missed about a five-footer on number 11 so it could've been a hell of a round", he said. I think over the next few years, I'm excited for what's to come.
"It wasn't as clean as I'd like to have it, for sure", Woods said.
Scoring conditions were about as good as they can get at the extremely hard course on Long Island, about 45 minutes from Manhattan. But he then bogeyed three of the next four holes, also sloppy - two three putts and a poor chip that led to another bogey.
Woods is chasing back-to-back majors but Faldo reckons the "beast" Bethpage course will get the better of the Masters champion.
Koepka, who also shot 63 on his way to victory at the PGA last summer in St. Louis, did not make a bogey and had seven birdies to tie a tournament record for lowest score. "It only leaves you with a few more, and you've just got to beat those guys".
"I think that was probably the highest score he could have shot today", Woods said. "But I never once thought about the course record or anything". Only two have gone on to win: Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 US Open and Raymond Floyd in the 1982 PGA Championship. Fowler said. "I would say there's no lead really safe here".
"I haven't been in contention on a Sunday since The Open a year ago", said Spieth, who shared the 54-hole lead at Carnoustie and tied for sixth. "If I'm able to put some good work in tomorrow, then I will be in contention on Sunday".