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PGA Championship: Steve Stricker leads; Tiger Woods falters

A strong start turned sandy for Tiger Woods in a rough opening round in Johns Creek. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
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Meantime 44-year-old Steve Stricker was working on a bogey-free round through 15 holes when Woods entered the clubhouse. Stricker began the day with three straight birdies on the back 9 and currently sits atop the leader board at 7 under par, three strokes ahead of Swede Alexander Noren and fellow American Jerry Kelly (both through 13).

Three birdies on the first five holes gave Woods a brief share of the lead at the Atlanta Athletic Club, but a wet double bogey on the par-3 15th opened the floodgates for five bogeys and three doubles on the day.

Woods’ iron from the 15th tee sent the ball into a pond at the right of the hole, then on the 16th another poor drive resulted in two treks into bunkers and one visit into the gallery. The par-4 18th was also sandy for Woods who made double bogey going into his back-to-front turn.

More than 50 golfers had yet to tee off when Woods finished his round.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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