Spieth charges after career Slam, Koepka still leads

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Though Koepka's father, Bob, used to tease his high school classmates for earning letterman jackets for golf because, he said, "I didn't think it was a sport", Woods helped make golf a viable option for Brooks and other versatile young athletes who lived in the gym and preferred to look more like National Football League strong safeties.

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"He played well", Woods said. If you're not going to drive it, it tests every aspect of your game.

"Big-time players are going to show up in the majors and that's where you want to give yourself a chance to win it - with nine holes to go".

Also out early after one-under starts were five-time major victor Phil Mcikelson and 2015 PGA victor Jason Day of Australia.

Teeing off from 10, Spieth had an unremarkable first nine, carding two bogeys and two birdies.

Reigning PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka started extremely strong in his bid to defend his title on Thursday at Bethpage Black. Don't get me wrong, it was great.

Following his huge Masters win in April, it was a disappointing opener for Woods, fraught with errors and leaving him with very little room for any more mistakes if he plans on taking home a second major win in a row. "He left a few out there with a couple of putts that he missed". "But I'm hitting it a lot better than I did the end of last year, beginning of this year".

"I'm not 100% hitting it as well as I did a couple of years ago", Spieth said. Woods, a four-time victor of the Wanamaker Trophy, will have his work cut out for him on one of the toughest, longest courses there is. Considering Koepka's record in the majors - three wins and a runner-up in his last seven majors - this felt shorter.

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Woods shot 2-over 72 to finish nine strokes back of Koepka, the defending champion, in his first tournament since winning the Masters last month. I'm happy with where I'm at no matter what the lead is after today.

He is the first player to ride in a cart at a major since Casey Martin in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in 1998 and 2012.

Koepka is in a group with Woods, but he doesn't appear to care about the pressure. Lee is in the first group Friday at 6:45 a.m. ET, while Koepka tees off at 1:49 p.m. "I think I'm still learning, understandably, my game, and I've figured it out".

"I think it was probably the highest score [Koepka] could have shot, " Woods said.

"I haven't been in contention on a Sunday since The Open past year", said Spieth, who shared the 54-hole lead at Carnoustie and tied for sixth. "It requires more patience which feeds into what I'm trying to do".

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