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Woods sizzles and fizzles, Stricker sets PGA pace

other Updated: Aug 12, 2011 01:22 IST
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While Steve Stricker charged into an early two-shot lead with a record 7-under at the PGA Championship on Thursday, fellow American Tiger Woods spectacularly self-destructed after making a red-hot start.

Former world number one Woods, hunting his first tournament victory in nearly two years, birdied three of his first five holes in dazzling sunshine at Atlanta Athletic Club before imploding on the way to a seven-over-par 77.

It was his worst ever opening round at the PGA Championship, a tournament he has won four times in 14 appearances.

On 11 occasions, Woods found bunkers and he recorded three double-bogeys to end the round a distant 14 strokes behind the sizzling Stricker, who had three holes to play.

Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge, who teed off in the day's first group, fired a two-under 68 to share the clubhouse lead with 18-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero and veteran American Davis Love III.

“We had the best of the conditions,” the burly de Jonge told reporters after recording three birdies and a lone bogey at the first. "It was very, very still this morning, first group off, and the greens are absolutely perfect.

“I played conservatively aggressive I guess. I drove it in a lot of fairways today, so that obviously made the golf course a lot easier.”

Australian Adam Scott, fresh from victory at last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, opened with a 69 to finish level with Americans Brendan Steele, 2009 British Open champion Stewart Cink and PGA club professional Bob Sowards.