Aug 12, 2011 3:00 AM by Lee Douglas

Tiger falls apart at first round of PGA

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) - Steve Stricker's record-tying performance has him atop the leaderboard after one round of the PGA Championship at Atlanta Country Club.

Stricker tied the lowest round ever in a major with a 7-under-par 63 that puts him two shots clear of Jerry Kelly. It's the 11th time a player has shot 63 in the year's final major, and the 25th time overall.

Stricker had a chance to break the mark until he just missed a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole.

Shaun Micheel briefly was the clubhouse leader and is currently third overall, three shots back. Scott Verplank is at minus-3, with eight players another shot back.

Four-time champion Tiger Woods got off to a hot start in his first major since the Masters, clipping three shots from par over his opening five holes. But things went downhill in a hurry, and the former No. 1 signed for a 7-over 77. It's his second-worst score ever in a major.

Woods is tied for 129th and in serious danger of missing the cut.

U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy managed to shoot an even-par 70 despite suffering a hand injury while trying to hit a ball against a tree root on the third hole.

Phil Mickelson settled for a 1-over 71. Lefty's win at the 2010 Masters was the last by an American in major competition. It's the longest U.S. drought in the modern era of golf.

Japanese teen sensation Ryo Ishikawa shot his worst round of the year. The 19-year-old hit six shots into the water en route to a 15-over 85

Colorado Springs golf pro Mike Northern from the Valley Hi golf course is tied with Tiger at 7-over 77.




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