Rory McIlroy faces anxious wait to make US PGA Championship cut

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"The Tiger effect": Woods' improbable comeback has injected new energy into the game

Opening with a double bogey at the 10th hole and another one on the par-3 17th hole, Woods ended up with a paltry 3-over 38 on the back nine.

The surprise victor of the 1991 PGA Championship had supporters at every tee and green in the opening round, which he finished at 5-over 75.

"I feel like the tougher courses suit my game a little bit more", Fitzpatrick said.

"Don't get me wrong, I'll take it every day but just need to clean a few things up". You know what you're going to get when you play with him.

McIlroy, whose victory in the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla is his last major title to date, stopped the rot with a birdie on the par-five 13th but at six over par was two shots outside the early projected cut mark.

Koepka birdied their first hole from 40 feet away, and Woods double-bogeyed after muttering to himself when he realized his drive was heading for the gnarly rough.

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Defending champion Koepka, who has won three majors in the past two years, passed the test with flying colors as he tied the course record with a seven-under 63 that many had considered improbable when the day began. I couldn't let my head get down.

The 43-year-old United States superstar opened with a double bogey at 10, added another at the par-3 17th and despite a 30-foot eagle putt at the par-5 fourth was unable to challenge Koepka after bogeys on three of the next four holes. "There was no mentions of past year, but they were nice", Fleetwood said of the crowd.

"It wasn't as clean as I'd like to have it for sure. Didn't get off to a very good start", said the 15-times major champion. Woods hit over the green, then faced a downhill chip that left him with an 8-foot putt for bogey.

CBS Sports golf analyst Dottie Pepper, a victor 17 times on the ladies tour, says everything changes when Tiger's roaring. Woods has struggled with the course in the past, opening with a 74 during the 2009 U.S. Open 10 years ago. Woods was paired with Koepka and Francesco Molinari (also +2) in the first round and will be with the same group on Friday. "We needed him to win a major". Woods' tee shot on hole No. 1 found the crowd, then the greenside bunker, and it was down hill from there.

"The course is not easy, but Brooks obviously made it look real easy", Perez said.

"I think there's only been a couple weeks where Thursday, Friday was good, and it was mainly just because of one round here or there where I holed out a shot", Spieth said. Of the last eight, only two have gone on to win the tournament, Jack Nicklaus at the 1980 US Open, and Ray Floyd at the 1982 PGA. "I think I'm still learning, understandably, my game, and I've figured it out". "And if I'm able to put some good work in tomorrow, I will be in contention on Sunday".

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