"I wasn't feeling that good yesterday, so I made a decision to stay home and rest, " Woods said.
Hardly what Woods expected, either, but when you don't stay in the fairway off the tee and miss a bunch of makeable putts, a 72 is what you get.
McIlroy, whose victory in the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla is his last major title to date, stopped the rot with a birdie on the par-five 13th but at six over par was two shots outside the early projected cut mark.
Next best was Adam Scott, who was humming at one under until he double-bogeyed his second-last hole to sign for a one-over 71.
Woods said there were no issues with his back or his fitness, and he made no excuses over the layoff between starts. "Unfortunately, I had a couple three-putts there and hit a bad chip at 8 and left myself in a bad spot".
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Scoring conditions were about as good as they can get at the extremely hard course on Long Island, about 45 minutes from Manhattan. "We needed him to win a major".
The 29-year-old carded a 63 in round two of the PGA Championship he won last year.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Whether due to illness or inactivity, Tiger Woods was not sharp in his return to competitive golf Thursday.
It was as manic as you can get in golf at breakfast time.
"The course is not easy, but Brooks obviously made it look real easy", Perez said. Koepka played in the group in front of Woods at Augusta National and finished one back.
"He played well. I mean, he hit a couple loose tee shots today that ended up in good spots, but I think that was probably the highest score he could have shot today", said Woods. "But I never once thought about the course record or anything". His 63 was the 17th in PGA Championship history, and he is the first player to post a 63 in consecutive years at major championships.
"It wasn't as clean as I'd like to have it, for sure", Woods said of his 6 on the par-4 10th hole. "It requires more patience which feeds into what I'm trying to do".