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P.G.A. Championship 2018: Rickie Fowler Leads; Tiger Woods Rallies for Par

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Tiger Woods on the 12th hole of the P.G.A. Championship.

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TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. — Rickie Fowler raced to a two-stroke clubhouse lead at the P.G.A. Championship on Thursday as he bid to win his first major. Fowler, 29, has finished second three times at Grand Slam events.

Fowler shot a five-under-par 65 with six birdies and a bogey, including birdies on two of his last three holes to pull away from the field.

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“If you hit fairways and greens, it’s not hard,” he said.

Among those who finished at 3-under were Austin Cook, Pat Perez, Jason Day and Ian Poulter.

Tiger Woods got off to a poor start at Bellerive Country Club, falling to 3-over after two holes, but rallied. He finished at even par.

Woods, who has been playing as well as he has in years in recent weeks, was considered to be a contender in the event after a promising British Open last month.

He started on the 10th hole and bogeyed it, after a trip to deep rough off the tee. He found rough again on 11, leading to a double bogey.

A birdie on 12 was canceled by a bogey on 16. But a strong approach to 4 feet on the 18th hole got him another birdie, and a nine-hole score of plus-2.


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