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Tiger Tracker: Woods comes crashing down with 77

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Tiger Woods is vying for his 15th career major championship and first since 2008 in the 93rd PGA Championship. senior writer Rex Hoggard and editorial director Jay Coffin are tracking Tiger in Round 1 at Atlanta Athletic Club.

1:27 p.m.: Woods finished off his round appropriately by hitting the ball in two bunkers, making his bunker total 13 for the day. He blew it right off the tee, right on his approach and two-putted for bogey to finish at 7-over 77. Can't imagine a worse start for Woods. And to think, he actually made four birdies. (7-over 77) – JC

1:11 p.m.: I'm getting tired just watching this mess. It must be really tiresome having to actually hit the shots. So many of them, anyway. Tiger found another bunker off the tee, but hit the green and two-putted for par. One more hole left. Thanks goodness. (6 over through 17) – JC

1:04 p.m.: Bryon Bell may be happy it's a temporary gig on Woods' bag. The temp has raked more bunkers today than Steve Williams did in a dozen seasons. – RH

12:54 p.m.: Woods make par on the par-3 seventh hole by hitting the green and two-putting. Good thing. After the last hole I was getting sick of counting so high. (6 over through 16) – JC

12:45 p.m.: Woods balloons to 6 over after a double bogey at the sixth hole. Somewhere in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is kicking something. Woods needs a tie for 40th or better to get into the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. – RH

12:44 p.m.: U-G-L-Y, he ain't got no alibi, it's UGLY. Woods finds the bunker off the tee and dunks it in the water on the approach. Doesn't get up and down. Double bogey. Yikes. Wonder if he'll talk when he's done. Guessing no. (6 over through 15) – JC

12:31 p.m.: Woods birdies the fifth to move to 4 over, which means Steve Williams is beating his former boss by six strokes (Adam Scott at 2 under), oh wait. – RH

12:30 p.m.: Tiger found the fairway on the par-5 fifth hole and blistered his approach just over the green. He got up and down to make birdie. Still, it ain't pretty. (4 over through 14) – JC

12:11 p.m.: Tiger must feel like me standing over the ball - he has no idea where it's going. On the par-3 fourth hole he blew it way right into a bunker when the pin was back, left. He failed to get up and down and made another bogey. (5 over through 13) – JC

12:01 p.m.: Woods tried the conventional approach on the third hole and actually found the fairway, his first fairway hit since the 14th hole. He hit the green and two-putted for par, which must've felt like a birdie after the way he's played the last three holes. (4 over through 12) – JC

11:45 a.m.: On the second hole Tiger missed his third consecutive fairway, and found a bunker. He hit a flier and said, 'Get. Down. Now.' He chunked it from the greenside bunker, then got up and down for bogey. A round that started with so much promise has quickly turned into a disaster. (4 over through 11) – JC

11:29 a.m.: Another ho-hum bogey on the first hole. Woods blew it left off the tee and hit and elderly man in the gallery. He rewarded him with an autographed golf glove, duffed one into the bunker and then failed to get up and down. Three over in his last two holes. Officially leaking oil. (3 over through 10) – JC

11:09 a.m.: Some nines are more eventful than others and that would certainly apply to Woods' opening turn. Following a solid start (3 under through five holes) he plays his last four in 5 over, including a double bogey at the last to turn in 2 over. (2 over through 9) – RH

10:51 a.m.: Moments after the PGA of America sent out a 'Ground Under Repair' notice for the damaged greens at Nos. 14 and 17, Woods rights the ship with a par at the 17th hole and the thought occurs - GUR (Game Under Repair) is a good assessment of Woods' current state. (Even through 8) – RH

10:38 a.m.: Not exactly the bounce back Woods was looking for at the 16th hole. Following a double bogey at the 15th, Woods misses his drive in the right bunker at No. 16, his approach short and left of the putting surface and his third in a green-side bunker for a scrambling bogey. (Even through 7) – RH

10:15 a.m.: Woods makes a double bogey at the 15th after hitting into the water, although it's worth pointing out that most players consider the 265-yard 15th a par 3 1/2. (1 under through 6) – RH

10:06 a.m.: Scratch that last update. Woods' tee shot at the 'drivable' par-3 15th drops into the pond in front of the green. – RH

9:56 a.m.: Woods makes a textbook birdie at the 14th hole, including a drive that left him just 104 yards to the hole, to move to within one shot of the lead. It's worth noting that this is the first time he's been in the hunt since the last time a major was played in Georgia (Masters). (3 under through 5) – RH

9:40 a.m.: Despite a wayward tee shot into a fairway bunker, Woods pars the 13th hole to remain at 2 under par and two shots off the lead. (2 under through 4) – RH

9:23 a.m.: Woods makes birdie the old fashion way (at least for him), drive into the trees at the 12th hole, second into a green-side bunker, blast to 3 feet and easy putt. (2 under through 3) – RH

9:06 a.m.: Woods pars second hole, a two-putt from 30 feet, and begins the long march to the 12th tee before realizing PGA officials are playing the hole a tee forward. Woods must not have gotten the memo. (1 under through 2) – RH

8:50 a.m.: Much has been made of the fact that this week marks the one-year anniversary for Tiger Woods and Sean Foley. For the record, Woods has 11 official PGA Tour starts with Foley. That's not even a good spring for most players. – RH

8:47 a.m.: Woods birdies his first from 18 feet. It took him more than nine holes to get his first last week in Ohio. (1 under through 1) – RH

8:37 a.m.: Tiger Woods hits fairway wood off first tee (No. 10). It's a better start than Firestone last week (22 of 56 fairways hit). – RH

7:52 a.m.: Tiger Woods sets out at 8:35 a.m. for the first round of the PGA Championship, his second event since withdrawing from May’s Players Championship with a left leg and Achilles’ tendon injury and his 10th major start since his last grand slam victory. We're with him step-for-step, filing a running blog. – RH