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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 08/11/2011

PGA Championship: Tiger Woods tees off

Tiger Woods tees off at the PGA Championship Thursday. (Matt Slocum - AP)
Tiger Woods began his opening round of the 93rd PGA Championship with a birdie on the 10th hole and another on the 12th on Thursday at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

For Woods, a positive return to major championship golf will require impeccable focus and the ability to ignore the still-brewing storyline of the former world No. 1 and his former caddie, Steve Williams.

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As the Post’s Barry Svrluga put it, Woods remains his sport’s No. 1 draw, but — thanks in large part to Williams — this week “the role [the] 156 caddies play is more in focus than ever before.”

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