Woods, who is chasing his first major title since the 2008 US Open, got his round off to a flying start by one-putting three of his first four holes.
He reached a four-under 140 total and shares the lead with two-time PGA Championship winner Vijay Singh (69) and first-round leader Carl Pettersson (74).
“The putts were going in, so I felt good about that,” Woods said. “It was tough out there.” “It was hard staying steady a couple of times I got blown on my downswing,” Woods said. “The hard part is getting blown all over the place. There is no such thing as easy tap in.”
This is the first time the Ocean Course has hosted a PGA Tour event and at 7,676 yards (metres), it the longest course in major championship history.
Woods said the “sticky” grass on the ocean-side course was very different than usual. “You can’t run the ball up because the grass is too sticky,” he said. “ It is not a typical PGA Championship venue,” the former World No 1 said.