JOHNS CREEK (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, hunting his first tournament victory in nearly two years, charged into a brief share of the early lead at the PGA Championship on Thursday before tumbling back. The former world number one, winless since the 2009 Australian Masters, birdied three of his first five holes in bright sunshine at Atlanta Athletic Club to give his fans plenty to cheer. Tied for the lead with Britain's Ross Fisher at three-under, Woods then dumped his tee shot into water at the difficult par-three 15th on the way to a double-bogey. After taking a penalty drop on the 260-yard hole, the longest par-three ever at the PGA Championship, he hit his third shot to 15 feet before two-putting. That dropped Woods to one under, two strokes behind the pacesetting Fisher, who had completed eight holes, and American left-hander Bubba Watson, after five. Moments later, world number five Steve Stricker and fellow American Bill Haas also got to three under, each of them recording birdies on their three holes. A glorious sun-baked morning began well for four-times champion Woods as he birdied his opening hole after teeing off at the par-four 10th. He struck a superb approach to 15 feet and calmly rolled in the right-to-left breaking putt as several fans shouted out: "Go in, go in." Woods, wearing a bright pink shirt and black trousers, gave a restrained right fist pump in celebration before another fan yelled: "He's back." The 35-year-old American also birdied the par-five 12th, where he got up and down from a greenside bunker, and the par-four 14th, after his second shot ended up just four feet from the cup. Playing alongside former champions Padraig Harrington of Ireland and American Davis Love III, Woods was followed by huge galleries in only his second tournament since returning from three months on the sidelines due to leg injuries. He tied for 37th at the PGA Tour's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday after displaying erratic form but said he was "absolutely encouraged" ahead of this week.