The PGA Championship leaderboard wasn't expected to include Tiger Woods at the top. There is still a very long way to go in the tournament - and yet Tiger is approaching the lead in the first few holes at least.
As of 10 a.m. ET the PGA Championship leaderboard contained Tiger Woods in a tie for first place. He did so by birding three of his first five holes and climbing to -3 under par with Ross Fisher and Brendan Steele.
These low early scores suggest that a lot of players will get off to a fast start today. The same thing happened at the Bridgestone Invitational last week - where everyone but Woods seemed to shoot below 70. This time around, Woods is among those who are hot in the opening holes.
There are still 67 holes left to go at the most in this tournament for Woods. The PGA Championship leaderboard is bound to look very different by Sunday - making it just as likely that Tiger could be in the middle of the pack by then. Every time that he looks ready to make one of his typical charges, he becomes inconsistent and cannot stay hot for more than one round.
But because he is Tiger Woods and everyone is waiting for him to be his old self again, golf fans around the world get excited every time he birdies a few holes. Since he is doing it at the start of a major tournament this time, fans and pundits will likely get even more excited if he keeps this up for the rest of the day.
Time will tell if the PGA Championship leaderboard marks Woods' return to the top at long last. After his disappointing performances and lack of consistency in the last year, fans should know not to get their hopes up just from a few good holes by now.