Thursday's second rain delay at Merion may have come at just the right time for Tiger Woods, who walked off the fifth green with a potentially injured wrist and facing his third bogey in five holes. Unlike the morning delay, which lasted more than three hours, the USGA opted to hold the players in place, sending them back out just under an hour after the horn was sounded.
Tiger went back to the fifth green and cleaned up his bogey, a dropped shot that he immediately got back on the next hole. The No. 1 player in the world put his drive in the fairway, but his approach shot was off and landed nearly 75 feet from the hole. Woods was facing a lag situation down to the front left corner of the sixth green, but instead he jarred the putt — a potential turning point after a miserable start:
The birdie moved him back to 1-over in his opening round, certainly not the worst spot to be on a day where there's been more rounds in the 80s than the 60s. He played No. 7 solid from tee-to-green, settling for a tap-in par. But about an hour into the restart, Tiger appears to have found something as he makes his climb back towards even-par. It's likely he'll get another four or five holes in before darkness hits the Philadelphia area.