Tiger Woods Was Inches Away From Acing 8th Hole at PGA Championship

May 16, 2024; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Tiger Woods walks on the eighth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship.
May 16, 2024; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Tiger Woods walks on the eighth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship. / Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

This has hardly been a PGA Championship to remember for Tiger Woods, who spent much of the second round Friday mired in the 100s on the leaderboard.

Woods, however, conjured a vision of his old self for one hole only—the par-3, 173-yard 8th.

A precision tee shot on the hole landed the 48-year-old squarely on the green—four inches from a hole in one—and drew roars from the Louisville crowd. A short putt then netted Woods his second straight birdie.

This week marks Woods's return to the course where he won the PGA Championship in 2000, besting fellow American Bob May in a playoff that made him the first to win three majors in a calendar year since 1953.

In the 2014 PGA Championship—the last major tournament held at Valhalla Golf Club—Woods missed the cut.

He may be headed that way again this tournament, but for at least one hole he turned back time and gave fans a moment to remember.


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