Tiger Woods posts 3-under 69 to open PGA Championship
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Tiger Woods posts 3-under 69 to open PGA Championship

Tiger Woods is again in the hunt at a major championship.

Woods opened the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course with 3-under 69 that leaves him among a slew of contenders to take advantage of an early tee time and a wind-less morning.

The world No. 2 made a birdie on his third hole of the day, No. 12, before giving two back due to poor drives. He got back to level par immediately at No. 15 with another birdie at the 15th.

Woods then put a charge into his round with three consecutive birdies in the middle of his round - making 3 at the 501-yard par-4 18th then, after an 800-yard ride in a golf cart, on Nos. 1 and 2.

After a third dropped shot at the fifth, Woods stuck his tee shot at the par-3 eighth to about 10 feet for birdie.

Woods told TNT he felt a little bit of wind as the round unfolded, which changed direction from off the island to off the ocean during play, as is expected. Scoring is expected to be more difficult in the afternoon wave each day.

The 14-time major winner is looking to improve on his T-3 finish in last month's Open Championship - his best finish in a major championship since losing the Wanamaker to Y.E. Yang in the final round of the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine.

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