- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2011

JOHNS CREEK, GA. (AP) - The PGA Championship is under way at Atlanta Athletic Club, with one of the 20 club professionals in the field hitting the opening tee shots.

Several PGA professionals gathered around the first tee began clapping when Craig Stevens of Dallas hit the fairway on the first hole.

About that time, Tiger Woods was headed to the putting green to begin warming up for the final major of the year. Woods missed the past two majors while letting injuries in his left leg properly heal.

Minor damage from a mowing accident on the 17th green has been repaired, although the brown edges of the new sod are visible. It’s a tiny patch about 3 square yards, criss-crossed, looking like the runways of a small airport from 35,000 feet.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) _ On the eve of the PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson was surely holed up in some quiet corner, getting in a little extra reading.

Or, at the very least, he was giving a cursory glance to that sheet of paper explaining the local rules of Atlanta Athletic Club.

Well, that’s not D.J.

This is, after all, the guy who sells T-shirts on his website that say, “No Guts, No Glory.”

“I’ve never looked at one and probably never will,” Johnson said Wednesday, breaking into a defiant smile.

Not even after what happened last year?

“I know the rules,” Johnson shot back.

That may be true, but there’s that little matter of Whistling Straits. In one of the greatest mental blunders or _ depending on your point of view _ all-time rip jobs, Johnson lost the chance to win his first major championship at last year’s PGA Championship.

He had to take a two-shot penalty on the 72nd hole after grounding his club in a patch of dirt that only vaguely resembled a bunker.

Johnson still isn’t sure that’s what it was.

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