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Tiger Woods leads PGA Championship by one

Tiger Woods, right, makes five birdies and no bogeys to take a one-shot lead over defending champion Padraig Harrington.

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Tiger Woods, right, makes five birdies and no bogeys to take a one-shot lead over defending champion Padraig Harrington.

CHASKA, Minn. — Tiger Woods was twirling his clubs, not tossing them at his bag in disgust. Putts that grazed the edge of the hole and had caused him so much angst before were for birdie, not par or worse.

Woods had no complaints Thursday in the first round of the PGA Championship. He played bogey-free at Hazeltine National for 5-under 67, taking a one-shot lead over defending champion Padraig Harrington as he tries to win a major in his last chance this year.

Not since Carnoustie two years ago had Woods broken 70 in the opening round of a major. Not since St. Andrews four years ago had he had the lead to himself after Round 1.

It was only the third time that Woods opened a major with a bogey-free round. The other two were at the U.S. Open and British Open in 2000, both of which he won by a combined 23 shots.

"It was a very positive start," said Woods, who missed only two fairways — he hit driver on six holes — and three greens. "When I'm playing well, I usually don't make that many mistakes."

He only twice came close to making bogey, on Nos. 18 and 1, and saved par with 6-foot putts.

"He's human," said Robert Allenby, one of six players tied for third. "We expect him to win, because he's the best. He should. But you know what? It's three more days to go. And a lot can happen."

606 yards in 2, 8C

PGA leaderboard

Tiger Woods67-5

Padraig Harrington68-4

Notables

Vijay Singh69-3

Michael Bradley70-2

Sergio Garcia71-1

Phil Mickelson74+2

Today on TV: 2 p.m., TNT

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20-30 mph, high 93

Tiger Woods leads PGA Championship by one 08/13/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 13, 2009 11:12pm]
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