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Tiger Struggling, Fowler Doing His Thing During Round One of PGA Championship

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Tiger Woods can’t seem to regain his form while some of golf’s other stars are playing well

Tiger Struggling, Fowler Doing His Thing During Round One of PGA Championship

The 2014 PGA Championship kicked off today and while some of golf's biggest stars, such as Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, haven't teed off yet, there are some big names whose days started early.

The biggest story heading into the PGA Championship this year was whether Tiger Woods would be able to play after pulling out of the Bridgestone Invitational just a few days ago due to back pain. Evidently, Woods felt healthy enough to play in the PGA Championship, the fourth and final major championship of the season. Tiger, however, has struggled out of the gate. While expectations for Tiger were pretty low due to his struggles this season both with his health and his play, it is definitely hard to watch Tiger play as he has so far today. Through 17 holes, Tiger is +3.

Tiger would have probably been better off taking this tournament off and looking to get fully healthy for next year, as his chances of winning this major were slim to none. In any case, golf is always more interesting when Tiger is in top form, so hopefully we see a different Tiger tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson, who teed off with Woods, is at one-under through 17 holes. Death, taxes, and another solid round for Mickelson. Phil often gets much better as tournaments go along, so it will be exciting to see what Lefty has in store for the weekend.

Rickie Fowler continues to play great Golf and finds himself right near the top of the leaderboard after finishing the first round at two-under par. Fowler has finished in the top-five in all three major championships so far this year. While he is still in search of his first major championship title, it would come as no surprise if he found himself the winner of the PGA Championship by the end of the weekend.

Fowler looks as comfortable as ever, as does Lee Westwood, who is in first place so far. Westwood double-bogied the first hole but rebounded very nicely, finishing his day with eight birdies. Westwood finds himself tied with Kevin Chappell at six-under par and while he hasn't won a major, he has been very consistent throughout his career. He should continue to hit the ball well for the next few days as he searches for that first title.

Jim Furyk, who has also been very consistent, is three-under after 16 holes. Furyk is one of my favorite golfers to watch and he has once again gotten off to a quick start. His fellow American, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth, sits at even-par as he looks to build on what has been a breakout year. The number-two ranked golfer in the world, Adam Scott, finished at even-par at the end of the first round. Scott will almost certainly play better in the next few days, so his name should also be on the radar.

We will update you at the end of the day but so far, this has been a great first round. Hopefully Tiger can pick up his game, but all eyes will and should be on Rory McIlroy to see if he can claim back-to-back majors. Check on the PGA Championship Leaderboard all weekend and make sure to check for updates all tournament long.

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