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Tiger Woods struggled to keep a calm head at the PGA Championships, losing his cool in an altercation with a cameraman.
The golf legend didn’t have the best of starts on the opening day, stumbling to a 74 which is his worst start to a PGA since 2015.
Woods returned at last month’s Masters, 14 months after a car crash left him unable to walk for months.
He looked unsteady on his right leg as he swung, hitting bogeys on six of his last 10 holes, and finishing with two bogeys on his final two holes.
Following the day, he said: “Hit a lot of bad iron shots late. I just never got the ball close to have any good birdie putts. I kept putting it into bad spots.
“It was a frustrating day.”
His frustrations seemingly got the better of him following his opening drive after a cameraman got a little too close to the four-time PGA Championship winner.
Tiger Woods on how his right leg is impacting his swing: "I just can’t load it. Loading hurts. Pressing off it hurts. Walking hurts. Twisting hurts."— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) May 19, 2022
Then adds with a smile "It's just golf. If I don't do that, I'll be OK."#PGAChampionship
As he strolled down the fairway, Woods can be seen asking the cameraman to ‘give him some breathing room’.
On three separate occasions, he asked the operator to move back, however, it seemed the cameraman wouldn’t budge.
Woods asked: “Would you mind giving me some breathing space? Please?”
After the camera operator apparently didn’t take Woods' instructions under consideration, he asked again: “Would you mind giving me some breathing space, please?”
Things looked to get very awkward when the golfer had to ask for a third time, clearly not happy as the camera honed in on his face.
He continued: “Could you back off a little bit and give me some breathing space? Back off a little bit and give me some breathing space!”
Tiger asking the cameraman to back off. Three times pic.twitter.com/fNYIXN7KbM— Brandon Contes (@BrandonContes) May 19, 2022
Clearly not a good day for the golf hall of famer.
His counterpart, Rory McIlroy on the other hand, fired his best opening round at a major in 11 years to take the lead at the PGA Championship.
The Northern Irish golfer scored a five-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge - looking generally comfortable and calm throughout the opening day.
McIlroy said: “It was a great start to the tournament.
“It was nice to get off to that good start and sort of keep it going.”
He added: “When your game is feeling like that, it’s just a matter of going out there and really sticking to your game plan, executing as well as you possibly can.”
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