For the first time in a dozen years, Tiger Woods has started three straight majors with a round in the 60s.
Nothing less was going to suffice Thursday in the PGA Championship.
In steamy weather, with virtually no wind along the Atlantic shore, Woods ran off three straight birdies around the turn at Kiawah Island and kept the round from turning ugly by getting up-and-down for bogey on three holes for a 3-under 69 that left him three shots off the early lead.
He ended his day with a nifty par save from well below the ninth green, a shot that caused Woods to smile and call it ''nasty.''
''As in nasty good,'' he said.
Woods knew early on that Thursday morning, with sweat dripping off faces after just one hole, would be the time to score. He had to scramble for par on the par-5 second hole when his tee shot fell into a waste area, while defending PGA champion Keegan Bradley holed a 25-foot eagle putt to reach 3 under.
''Geez, I'm playing ...