Tiger Grabs Early Lead

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 13, 2009 6:21 PM CDT
Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington chat on the 13th tee.   (Charlie Riedel)
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(Newser) – Tiger Woods—still seeking his first win at a major this season—shot a 5-under 67 that put him atop the leaderboard at the PGA Championship today. With his bogey-free round, he's one stroke up on playing partner and defending champ Padraig Harrington. Woods broke 70 in the opening round of a major for the first time since the 2007 British Open, making birdies on all but one of the long par 5s at Minnesota's Hazeltine National.

"It's always nice to get off quick, but the first round—you can play yourself out of a tournament, but you certainly cannot win it on the first day," said Woods. "You don't have to be eight ahead after the first round, that's not it. You've got to just keep plugging along."