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Tiger Woods Paired With Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy For First 2 Rounds at PGA Championship

Woods, a four-time winner of the PGA Championship, will play in his second Tour event of the 2021-22 season.

Tiger Woods PGA Championship
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The PGA Tour’s second major tournament of the year kicks off Thursday morning. Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma claims host to the 2022 PGA Championship, where Tiger Woods will be in action for the first time since the Masters in early April. Woods returned at Augusta National after missing 17 months due to injuries suffered from a single-vehicle car accident in February 2021.

Woods, 46, spoke earlier in the week about playing through pain at Augusta, which caught up with him as the tournament progressed. After shooting a 1-under 71 in the first round, Woods posted back-to-back rounds of 6-over 78 — his worst professional scores at the Masters.

“[My leg] was hurting but I pushed through it,” Woods said. “It was more mind than body. I said, ‘I’ve won with a broken leg before. Keep on going out there, keep pushing. I know how to play the golf course.’ But it was one of those things, the thing that I was frustrated with is it deteriorated as the week went on. I got more and more tired and more fatigued. I didn’t have the endurance that I wanted.”

Now, just six weeks after his shaky T47 finish, ‘Big Cat’ is back on the PGA Tour in search of his fifth career Wanamaker Trophy. In fact, Woods emerged victorious at the PGA Championship when Southern Hills last hosted the event back in 2007.

Star-Studded Threesome

Serving as the cherry on top for Tiger Woods’ return, the 15-time major champion will be paired with fellow superstars Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy for the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship. The group will tee off on hole No. 10 at 9:11 AM ET on Thursday and on hole No. 1 at 2:36 PM ET Friday afternoon.

McIlroy, a two-time winner of the PGA Championship (2012, 2014), firmly believes Woods is capable of competing this week.

“Six weeks is a long enough time to recover from that week and then build yourself back up again,” McIlroy said. “He certainly hasn’t chosen two of the easiest walks in golf to come back, Augusta and here. But no, he’s stubborn, he’s determined. This is what he lives for. He lives for these major championships, and if he believes he can get around 18 holes, he believes he can win.”

With one more win, Woods would surpass Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour victories of all time with 83. When asked on Tuesday about his chances of winning, Woods responded in a manner that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

“I feel like I can [win], definitely,” Woods said. “I just have to go out there and do it. I have to do my work. Starts on Thursday and I’ll be ready.”

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