Tiger Woods mentioned the absence of an adoring and raucous crowd at the PGA Championship on Thursday used to be a part of the “new normal” for the game, which is maintaining its first main with none fanatics in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Woods, who’s taking part in for simply the second one time because the PGA Tour returned to motion in mid-June, shot a gap spherical 2-under 68 at an eerily quiet TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
“Well, that’s our new normal,” he informed newshounds.
“It’s just the way it is and it’s going to be for a while … the energy is different.”
On the plus aspect, he mentioned now not being adopted round through noisy fanatics made it more straightforward to focal point.
That confirmed in his placing, which integrated a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-four 13th that drew applause and a few hoots from a staff of grounds workforce.
“It’s just different. That’s probably the only way to say it,” he mentioned.
“This is what we’re going to have to get used to in the near future and for probably for a while.”
Every participant and caddie underwent coronavirus trying out prior to the event and media are required to put on face coverings and take care of social distance at the development, which used to be at first scheduled to be held in May.
Woods is taking a look to win his 16th main, 5th PGA Championship and record-breaking 83rd PGA Tour victory at the lake aspect direction at the west aspect of San Francisco.
Woods, who went out within the morning wave along international primary Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy, didn’t seem troubled through the coastal fog and cooler prerequisites as he blended 5 birdies and 3 bogeys.
He is the use of a new, longer putter at the development, which he mentioned is helping take drive off his surgically-repaired again, permitting him to apply for longer.
“Most of the guys on the Champions Tour have gone to longer putters as they have gotten older, because it’s easier to bend over, or not bend over,” the 44-year-old mentioned with a smile.
“And so this putter is just a little bit longer and I’ve been able to spend a little bit more time putting.”