Tour Confidential Daily: What did you learn from Tiger Woods’ first major round of 2020?

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Tiger Woods and Joe LaCava stayed in the hunt on Day 1 of the PGA.

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Tiger Woods made just his second start since February and opened the PGA Championship with a two-under 68, three shots off the first-round lead. What did you learn from Woods’ first major round of the year?

Michael Bamberger, senior writer: It tells me that he knows himself. That when he says the goal is to get ready for four events a year he will if he can. Last year he could get ready for one. Then he was tanned, rested and ready for Japan.

Sean Zak, senior editor (@sean_zak): That he’s not locked on a specific ball-flight, which is great. At times when Woods hasn’t played well, he’s been unable to turn the ball over from right-to-left, but he moved it both ways Thursday. That’s a good sign.

Josh Sens, senior writer (@JoshSens): That his back did not seem balky or bothered by the cool, foggy conditions he was playing in. If that old gimpy feeling doesn’t reach up and grab him, we can count on him making this a very interesting weekend.

Zephyr Melton, assistant editor (@zephyrmelton): I learned that he can still grind it out with the best of them. He obviously didn’t have his A-game, but when you can post a score a couple under in a major without your best stuff, that’s always a good sign.

Nick Piastowski, senior editor (@nickpia): That he can win it. Winning 15 major championships is undoubtedly impressive. Contending in a major championship after playing just four competitive rounds since February, while dealing with an ever-ailing back, in the middle of a pandemic, is undoubtedly impressive, too.

Jessica Marksbury, multimedia editor (@jess_marksbury): After lots of hand-wringing about what the cool Bay area temperatures would do to his back and his golf game, today, he appeared to put those worries to rest.

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