Tiger Woods under par, leaderboard crowded on weather-scrambled PGA Championship's first day

Bubba Watson, in the half of the field that finished fog-delayed Round 1, had nine one-putt greens on his way to the lead.

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Bubba Watson, in the half of the field that finished fog-delayed Round 1, had nine one-putt greens on his way to the lead.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — The fog finally lifted over Whistling Straits and revealed a stunning vista.

Tiger Woods' name was atop the leaderboard. Just not for long.

At the end of Day 1 of the PGA Championship, he wasn't near Bubba Watson and Francesco Molinari, who opened with 4-under 68s Thursday, or Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar and Nick Watney at 4 under when it became too dark for them to finish the round, delayed three-plus hours by fog.

But considering Woods' recent woes, this was nearly cause for celebration.

Everything feels easier these days for Watson, a Panhandle native who has been through tough times with family illnesses. "If I would have shot 82 today, I wouldn't go home and pout," he said. "I would be like, 'I'm playing on the PGA Tour, at a major.' "

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