Woods 3 back at PGA


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Tiger Woods is only three strokes better than the pace he set last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he eventually tied for 78th, but Thursday at Whistling Straits seemed like a world away from Akron.

Woods birdied his final hole from 9 feet, the Straits Course’s ninth hole, for a 1-under 71 that left him three shots off the first-round pace set by Bubba Watson and Francesco Molinari.

“I was able to flight the ball and maneuver the ball better, certainly (better) than last week,” Woods said.

The 71 was Woods’ best competitive round since his opening 67 at the Open Championship and matched the 71 he shot in 2007 when he won his fourth PGA Championship at Southern Hills.