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Tiger Woods played in a group of younger stars in Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, and he finished the day at even-par with a 70. He was tied for 28th and was five strokes behind early leader Rickie Fowler when his round ended.

Woods was in a group with defending PGA champion Justin Thomas and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy.

“Show these young guns how it’s done!” a fan yelled as Woods approached the tee on the 10th hole, his first of the day.

He wasn't able to heed the fan’s advice on the 10th and 11th holes. Woods’ opening shot went right and resulted in a bogey. He found the water on 11 and double bogeyed to put his score at a lackluster three-over-par.

By then, Woods had already sweated through his shirt, so he stepped into a portable bathroom after the 11th and put on a fresh shirt. 

The 42-year-old Woods got back on track with a birdie on 12, and he saved par on 15 after smashing his opening shot into the trees. He hit his way out of the woods and sank a six-foot put for par.

"I could have easily gone the other way, being 3-over through two," Woods said. "A lot of things could happen. Not a lot of them were positive, but I hung in there and turned it around." 

A flock of fans followed Woods from hole to hole, and he rewarded them with birdies on No. 18 and No. 1. He hit his second shot on 18, a par four, within five feet of the pin.

Woods got back to even-par with an eight-foot put for birdie on eight.

Thomas finished at one-under-par, and McIlroy sits with Woods at even-par.

"These two guys have been basically at the top of the world for the last four or five years now consistently," Wood said. "I play with J.T. at home in practice rounds, but I haven't played with Rory in a very long time. It was fun to get out there and compete."

As for the mid-round wardrobe change, Woods said he usually changes shirts before teeing off but there wasn't anywhere to do it between the driving range and the 10th tee. So, he waited until he came across a portable restroom and peeled off his sweat-soaked shirt.

"I just sweat a lot," he said with a grin.

Woods has won 14 majors, the second most of all time, but has not finished on top of a major since 2008. Woods led on Sunday at this year's British Open but faltered on the back nine.

The Associated Press provided some information for this story.