Tiger Woods looks 'solid' at Bethpage for PGA Championship during cool, wet practice round

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Tiger Woods, dressed appropriately to combat the biting chill in the air and the spattering of raindrops from above, got back to work Monday at saturated Bethpage Black.

Woods, wearing extra layers and a wool ski cap he draped over his golf hat, didn’t resent the foul weather. Instead, his spirits were high despite the temperatures being low as the week of the 101st edition of the PGA Championship commenced.

Shortly after teeing off on the first hole at 7:40 a.m. with the thermometer reading 43 degrees, Woods got a chuckle after the impact of his approach to the green brought up a couple of worms. Yes, thousands of worms littered the fairways after a drenching on Sunday. The extra spectators have been in waiting at Bethpage Black as prolonged stretches of rain and bitter temperatures have hovered over the public course for weeks.

Woods had another chuckle at the uphill par-5 fifth when his second shot, with 250 yards to the front of the green, came up 25 yards short despite his mighty whack with a…

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