USPGA LATEST: Lee Westwood finds early form to post clubhouse lead

Lee Westwood  hits a chip on the first hole during the first round of the USPGA Championship

Lee Westwood hits a chip on the first hole during the first round of the USPGA Championship

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A rejuvenated Lee Westwood set the early clubhouse target as Tiger Woods failed to make an impression on the opening day of the 96th US PGA Championship on Thursday.

All eyes were on Woods after he declared himself pain free and said he was targeting a 15th major title at Valhalla, despite getting in just nine holes of practice after withdrawing from the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a back injury.

But while the former world number one struggled to a three-over-par 74, Westwood compiled a six-under 65 that was matched minutes later by American Kevin Chappell.

 

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