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GIF highlights of Tiger Woods' first round 74 at the 2014 PGA Championship

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

There's a lot of Tiger-hoopla going around in Kentucky, but Woods made his participation in the final major of the year official Thursday when he teed off at the PGA Championship. His first-round 74 was encouraging in parts -- mostly because he looked pain-free throughout -- but it's clear Woods still needs to shake a considerable amount of rust off his game.

Here are some highlights from his opening round:

Tiger's opening tee shot on the par-5 10th hole (his first of the day) found the left rough. His subsequent two shots left him with a fairly straight 15 footer for birdie, which he he left just short.

Woods even looked pain-free on the 14th hole, where he slammed his club into the ground after hitting his first shot on the par 3 into the crowd. That led to a bogey.

Tiger made his only birdie of the day on the 508-yard, par-4 16th hole. He missed the green left on his approach, but chipped-in for birdie anyway.

Two holes later, Tiger drove into a fairway bunker and everybody got a little scared. It was eerily similar to the shot that injured Tiger last week, but this time he just bunted it forward and took his 5 on the par 5.

The par-5 seventh hole at Valhalla has two fairways, but Tiger's 331-yard drive didn't hit either of them. He muscled his next shot near the green and knocked his pitch to inside 10 feet, but missed the ensuing birdie putt.