KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — The field saw plenty of red on Thursday, with 24 players – including Tiger Woods – firing rounds in the 60s.
Players weren’t so lucky Friday, as wind and rough weather picked up at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, influencing high scores.
But despite the tough conditions, Tiger remained strong, shooting a second-round, 1-under 71 to enter the weekend tied atop the leaderboard with first-round leader Carl Pettersson and Vijay Singh, who shot 3 under Friday.
Woods was strong again on the greens Friday. He made 22 putts Thursday and then started his round with six putts through five holes. He then made par save after par save on the back nine to remain in the running for Saturday’s final pairing.
“I felt good about it,” Woods said of his work on the greens.
“Putts were moving all over the place. . . . Putter being blown all over the place.”
With heavy winds affecting nearly every shot, including tap-ins, Woods survived the elements better than most.
“Par or better was a good score,” Woods said. “I’ve been here before. Halfway there. I knew it was going to be a long day going in. But I’m playing well and swinging it well.”
See how Tiger’s round unfolded, shot-by-shot, as well as how the rest of the field did:
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No. 18, par 4, 501 yards
Final hole for Tiger, who birdied No. 18 Thursday to start a three-hole birdie streak.
Off the tee: Tiger hits his first really poor drive, sending it way left and hollering “fore!” immediately. Tiger has struggled just a bit hitting fairways on this back nine, missing three.
Approach shot: Not a bad lie – actually for being off the fairway, it’s almost perfect – for Tiger, who has a decent angle toward the hole and is about 188 yards out. With the gallery all around him, Tiger finds the middle of the green. The crowd goes wild.
On the green: Tiger is about 35 feet from the cup. He is very aggressive with this birdie putt and sends it about 7 feet past. He then missed the par putt and three-putts for bogey to finish at 4 under.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (Thru 18 holes, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Tiger is still in the lead as Carl Pettersson makes a third straight bogey at No. 8 to drop to 4 under. Woods, Pettersson, Vijay Singh and Ian Poulter are all tied atop the leaderboard.
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No. 17, par 3, 223 yards
Tiger will look to shake off that last hole with a solid finish to the par 3s. This hole is set up for disaster, however, with water coming into the play on the right with the pin on the right side of the green.
Off the tee: Tiger tests the wind during Keegan Bradley’s shot and then, teeing up from the left side, goes right at the hole with 7-iron and leaves himself about a 40-footer for birdie.
On the green: Tiger leaves it almost 10 feet short on his birdie putt, but then regroups and sinks his par. Another clutch save for Woods, who pumps his fist after that one.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 17 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Woods’ par save ends up being even bigger as Carl Pettersson drops to 5 under along with Tiger after a bogey at No. 7. Also the cut line has moved to 6 over for the time being, meaning Luke Donald and Dustin Johnson are just safe at the moment.
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No. 16, par 5, 581 yards
Tiger is cruising. While other players have struggled under these tough conditions, Tiger has handled it pretty well. Now he’s got the final par 5 of the day to try and pull closer to the leader.
Off the tee: Tiger again pulls out driver. He misses right – it’s just the second time in seven shots that he’s missed the fairway with his driver today.
Second shot: Tiger can get to the green with this shot, but he leaves his 3-iron just short of the green. The ball didn’t cut enough, but he’s in good shape.
Third shot: From just off the green and about 80 feet away, Tiger chooses to putt it. He hammers it past the hole, off the green, down the slope and onto a drain. He goes from looking at a two-putt for birdie to a potential bogey.
Around the green: Tiger gets relief from the drain and chips it to less than a foot.
On the green: Tiger taps in for a disappointing par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 16 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Carl Pettersson lost his tee ball at No. 6, but managed to get up and down for bogey thanks to a long bogey putt. He drops back to 6 under. Looking at the projected cut line and it looks like 5 over should be safe, with 6 over possibly sneaking in by the end of the day. Those currently on the outside looking include Luke Donald and Dustin Johnson at 6 over, and Sergio Garcia and Webb Simpson at 7 over. Jason Dufner, David Toms and Louis Oosthuizen are among those at 5 over and still on the course.
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No. 15, par 4, 444 yards
Another close call there, but Tiger continues to get it done and saves par again. Now he moves on to the par-4 15th, where he made birdie on Thursday.
Off the tee: With the wind at his back, Tiger uses his driver and rips it down the middle of the fairway.
Approach shot: Tiger has a great angle to the hole, but with the wind still at his back, Tiger hits his wedge past the hole and has a 25-footer for birdie.
On the green: Tiger leaves his birdie putt about 2 feet short. Another par for Woods.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 15 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy has moved back to 2 under after a nice birdie at the par-5 16th. Ian Poulter is also putting together a solid round. He’s 1 under on the day and 3 under for the tournament with four holes to play.
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No. 14, par 3, 238 yards
Tiger continues to play mighty confidently despite the harsh conditions. That last par save shows just how comfortable Tiger is right now. A good shot at this par 3 – only 36 percent of golfers have hit the green at No. 14 today – will be huge.
Off the tee: The wind continues to blow hard and is coming from the right on this hole. Tiger hits the green but the ball runs off the left and down the slope. He’ll have some work to do, but it’s not a horrible spot.
Around the green: Tiger is faced with a tough shot, but gets it to about 5 feet.
On the green: Lacava gives Tiger a second opinion on this one. Tiger backs off once and then readdresses the putt. Bracing himself a little against this wind, Tiger gets another putt to circle around the lip and in. Another nice par save.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 14 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Make that four straight bogeys for defending champ Keegan Bradley. His bogey at No. 14 drops him to 1 over. Also, Rory McIlroy followed up his first birdie of the day with a bogey at No. 15. He’s still under par at 1 under, but is 4 over on his round today.
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No. 13, par 4, 497 yards
After that last birdie, Tiger gets things rolling again – just in time too as Woods bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14 on Thursday.
Off the tee: Tiger hits another fairway, placing his 3-wood right down the middle. He loves it immediately and quickly picks up his tee.
Approach shot: Wanting to avoid the water on the right, Tiger plays it safe from about 205 yards out. He puts his shot just short of the green. Should be an easy up and down from there.
Around the green: Tiger opts for putter just off the green and he gets to to about 2 feet.
On the green: Nice four for Tiger, who saves par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 13 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Carl Pettersson has stretched his lead back to two with a birdie at No. 3. Also, Keegan Bradley has dropped back to even thanks to three straight bogeys.
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No. 12, par 4, 412 yards
Tiger’s just missed a couple of birdie putts, but he’s hanging in there. He has a chance to get one back here at No. 12. He birdied the hole on Thursday.
Off the tee: With the wind blowing right to left, Tiger opts for 3-wood and hits a stellar drive. Make that another fairway hit for Woods.
Approach shot: About 165 yards out and with water guarding the right side of the green, Tiger starts his ball at the left-center of the green and watches it roll to within 4 feet of the cup.
On the green: Now this one’s big. Tiger drains the birdie putt to move within one shot of the lead.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 12 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
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No. 11, par 5, 593 yards
Had Tiger missed that par putt on No. 10, it would’ve been a huge disappointment. But no damage done as Tiger moves on to the third par 5 of the day.
Off the tee: Tiger takes out driver and loves it right away. He doesn’t even look at it land as the ball finds the fairway.
Second shot: After a long delay due to Keegan Bradley sending his tee shot left into the water, Tiger hits a low shot from 295 out and lays up, leaving a wedge into the green.
Third shot: Going directly into the wind, Tiger hits wedge to about 15 feet and watches it spin back to about 20 feet.
On the green: Tiger steps away from the putt once before just missing right. Easy par putt for Woods.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (Thru 11 holes, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Carl Pettersson added to his lead at the par-4 first hole. After leaving his approach just short, he holed his third shot for birdie out of the sand to move to 6 under. Also, Gary Woodland has fallen all the way back to even after making double bogey at the par-4 12th. He missed a 4-footer for bogey on that hole. He’s 6 over in his last five holes.
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No. 10, par 4, 447 yards
Tiger begins his back nine after a 1-under 35 on the front. He made par at the difficult No. 10 on Thursday.
Off the tee: Tiger smashes this down the fairway, carrying some sand on the right.
Approach shot: Tiger chooses 7-iron and sticks his approach about 15 feet from the hole. The crowd comes to life after that one.
On the green: Tiger puts good speed on his birdie putt but misreads it a tad. It doesn’t break as far left as Tiger thought and runs by just to the right. Tiger starts the back nine with par, but just barely – his short putt hits the lip and spins all the way around the hole before dropping in.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (Thru 10 holes, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Pat Perez just made a great shot out of the sand for birdie at the par-4 13th to move back to 3 under. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has slid back to 2 under after a bogey on No. 10. He’s got three bogeys and no birdies today.
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No. 9, par 4, 494 yards
So Tiger’s claim on the outright lead lasts for all of 15 minutes after that bogey drops him into a four-way tie for the top spot. He’ll try shake that one off and close his front nine strong, especially since he’ll face a tough stretch of holes to start off the back nine.
Off the tee: Tigers picks 3-wood and again misses right. He finds the rough for his third missed fairway in a row. He’s only about 5 feet from the fairway, but has a long way to go to reach the green.
Approach shot: Tiger hitting 5-wood for his second shot on a par 4 is extremely rare. He ends up just short of the green and will have to get up and down to save par.
Around the green: Tiger’s chip ends up right on the lip.
On the green: After taking his time, hoping the ball would decide to drop into the hole, Tiger taps in with his wedge.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (Thru 9 holes, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Carl Pettersson has regained sole possession of the lead after a birdie at the par-5 16th.
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No. 8, par 3, 198 yards
Tiger sure is loving these paspalum greens. He’s made just eight putts today, which has helped the fact that he’s hit just three of seven greens in regulation. But a lot of that isn’t so much distance control as it is a byproduct of the harsh winds. Oh, and he’s the outright leader at 5 under. Now comes the second par 3 of the day. Tiger birdied this hole Thursday.
Off the tee: Another long wait for Tiger and company. Tiger flares his tee shot out to the right. Not a good swing as the wind pushes the ball more right and the ball trickles into the right sandy area.
Around the green: Tiger hits it thin and it rolls past the hole and just off the green. He thin leaves his par putt about a foot right.
On the green: Tiger taps in for his first bogey of the day. It’s technically a one-putt for Tiger.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (Thru 8 holes, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: With Tiger dropping back to 4 under, there is now a four-way tie for the lead with Tiger, Ryo Ishikawa and Carl Pettersson tied with Vijay Singh, who is already in the clubhouse.
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No. 7, par 5, 579 yards
Tiger looking strong despite the heavy winds. He reached the green in two on the first par 5 today, but this one is a bit longer and he has the wind in his face.
Off the tee: Tiger plays the cut with his driver, but it doesn’t move back enough. He’s in the left rough. That’s his second missed fairway in a row.
Second shot: With no chance of reaching the green in two, Tiger lays up to the middle of the fairway, about 130 yards from the pin.
Third shot: Tiger’s wedge ends up about three yards short of the green and rolls down the slope to about 30 yards from the hole. Tough break for Tiger.
Around the green: Tiger short sides himself again. But it’s a smart play with the way he’s putting. He’ll have a 9-footer for par.
On the green: Tiger gets some advice from Lacava before draining his putt to save par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 7 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Well, Gary Woodland ends up two-putting for double bogey to drop out of the lead. He’s one behind Tiger, who at the moment has sole possession of the lead at 5 under. Ryo Ishikawa dropped back to 4 under with a bogey on No. 8.
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No. 6, par 4, 480 yards
Tiger’s second-round average score is a 69, with his best score being a 63 (in 2007) and worst a 73 (in 2011). He has shot 67 and 69 three times each. So far, he looks to be on pace for a second-straight round in the 60s. He will look to take advantage of these next four holes as things should get tougher starting on the back nine.
Off the tee: Tiger goes with the 3-wood with the wind coming from the left and hits it a little right. Tiger asks it to get up and it does. He’s just off the fairway – his first fairway missed – in the intermediate rough.
Approach shot: With the wind ripping, Tiger keeps it low and gets it on the front part of the green. He’s a long way from the hole, so he’ll just try to get this close.
On the green: Tiger faces an 80-footer for birdie and gets it to about 3 feet. He makes par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 6 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy gives another back, bogeying the par-5 seventh to fall to 3 under. Also, Gary Woodland is facing a short bogey at No. 8, and if he makes it, it will drop him to 5 under.
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No. 5, par 3, 188 yards
Tiger is rolling it well on the greens. He has just five putts today – and 27 through 22 holes this tournament. Now comes the first par-3 of the day. Tiger was even with a birdie and a bogey on par 3s on Thursday. He made par at No. 5 during his first round.
Off the tee: Tiger plays a low-trajectory shot and comes up short. Big gust of wind might have affected that one as it lands in the sand just left of the green. Tiger’s hand goes immediately to his face.
Around the green: Tiger is up against the lip, but makes a great sand shot, sticking it to about 4 feet.
On the green: Tiger saves par, one-putting again to remain one off the lead.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 5 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Tiger’s fellow competitor, Martin Kaymer, is quietly putting together a nice round after a 7-over performance on Thursday. He birdied his first two holes and has played bogey-free golf so far to move to 5 over, which could flirt with the cut line.
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No. 4, par 4, 458 yards
Tiger’s in a pretty good mood, joking around with Keegan’s caddie, Steve Hale. Now he’ll try to have a better result at No. 4, where he drove it into the left hazard on Thursday.
Off the tee: Tiger chooses the long iron for the third time today and hits another fairway. He’s only about 7 yards from the end of the fairway.
Approach shot: Tiger opts for 9-iron and finds the green. He’s a little short – about 30 feet or so.
On the green: Tiger faces an uphill putt, right-to-left, and drains it. The crowd erupts as Tiger points to the gallery. Tiger’s caddie, Joe Lacava, says, “That a way. Good work.”
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (Thru 4 holes, 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy dropped back a shot to 4 under after a bogey at the par-3 fifth. But it could’ve been worse. Rory hit a 5-iron way left into the gallery. He then hit his second out of some tall grass and failed to clear the sandy area. But his third shot – up against the lip of the bunker – ended up about a foot from the hole.
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No. 3, par 4, 390 yards
Good start for Tiger as he two-putts for birdie. He’s staying strong on the greens, which is a good sign. Tiger’s best average for putts in a round in a year that he won the PGA Championship is 28.5 in 2007. He’s now two off the lead entering No. 3, where he made par on Thursday.
Off the tee: With the wind at his back, Tiger takes a long iron and hits a low-liner into the fairway. Smart play.
Approach shot: Tiger has a great view of the pin from the middle of the fairway. But Tiger hits his wedge long. He’s not happy at all.
Around the green: Tiger tries to hit the top of the hill on his chip, but it’s a bit too hard. He runs it about 12 feet past.
On the green: Another clutch par save from Woods. He’s amped up, and for good reason.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (Thru 3 holes, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Gary Woodland has the lead all by himself at 6 under as Carl Pettersson bogeyed his first hole of the day. Pettersson is part of a five-way tie for second at 5 under along with Rory McIlroy, Ryo Ishikawa, Keegan Bradley and Pat Perez, all of whom are on the course this afternoon.
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No. 2, par 5, 557 yards
After one-putting to save par, looks like Tiger is picking up where he left off on the greens. His best tournament average for putts in a round is 27.5 in 2010, when he finished T-28. He had 22 on Thursday. Now he moves to No. 2, another hole that he birdied during his first round.
Off the tee: Tiger’s group endures a long wait as things get backed up. During the break, Tiger and Keegan Bradley chat. Tiger even gives Keegan’s iron a practice swing. Finally, Tiger steps up and launches his drive way down the fairway. He loves these downwind, right-to-left situations.
Second shot: Tiger’s ball is a good 50 yards past Bradley’s and 65 or so past Martin Kaymer. Woods hits 7-iron and takes a risk, cutting it a bit around a tree on the right. He gets rewarded, as his ball lands on the green. He’ll have a long put for eagle.
On the green: Tiger’s facing about a 45-footer for eagle. The wind is coming pretty hard from the right. Tiger is a bit aggressive and runs it about 6 feet past the hole. Not the best of reads. Tiger then takes some time on his birdie putt. He backs off once to get another read before draining it for his first birdie of the round.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (Thru 2 holes, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: We have a tie for the lead as Gary Woodland has joined Carl Pettersson at 6 under. Woodland birdie the par-5 second and is 1 under through three holes today. Also, John Daly has dropped back to 2 under after starting his second round with two straight bogeys.
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No. 1, Par 4, 396 yards
Thursday was Tiger’s best start at a PGA since leading after the first round in 2009. He’ll look to continue his success starting at No. 1, a hole he birdied Thursday. He walks up to the tee box to a big applause. Tiger is decked out in a blue-ish shirt and black pants with a white cap. With the rising temperatures at Kiawah Island, at least the pants will hide the intense sweating that has already started.
Off the tee: Tiger pulls out a 3-iron and hits a stinger right down the middle of the fairway.
Approach shot: There’s a huge gallery following Tiger. With the wind coming from the right, Tiger comes up very short with a wedge. Tiger says, “the wind knocked it down.”
Around the green: Tiger carried the sandy area, but is in the rough facing a big slope up to the green. Not a lot of green to work between Tiger and the pin. He gets it over the hill, but the ball rolls about 12 feet past the hole.
On the green: Tiger spends lots of time studying the putt and it pays off. He saves par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (Thru 1 hole, 3 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Vijay Singh just wrapped up an impressive round, carding a 3-under 69 to enter the weekend at 4 under. Just how impressive was it? Tweeted Rickie Fowler, who shot 80 under some rough conditions at Kiawah: “Not sure where @VijaySinghGolf was playing today #impressive.”
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Update #16: 1:29 p.m. EDT
The morning wave has struggled at Kiawah, with the current scoring average at 77.5. Doug Wade, a club pro, fired a 21-over 93.
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Update #15: 1:23 p.m. EDT
Tiger Woods’ tee time has been pushed back by 20 minutes, with a big delay with the groups going off the front nine because of a group taking more than 3 hours and 10 minutes to make the turn. Pace of play with these playing conditions is only going to get worse.
Meanwhile, Hunter Mahan fired an 8-over 80 on Friday to likely take himself out of weekend play. Elsewhere on the course, Kevin Na has withdrawn from the tournament due to a shoulder injury.
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Update #14: 1:19 p.m. EDT
Not a good finish for Rickie Fowler, who was just 3 over with five holes to play. But a bogey at the par-3 fifth started what would be a 10-over stretch. Fowler doubled the par-4 sixth, tripled the par-5 seventh and then capped his 8-over 80 with a bogey at the par-4 ninth.
Also turning in an 80 on Friday was Hunter Mahan, who sits at 8 over after two rounds. Mahan went 5-over on the back nine to start his second round, then after two birdies on Nos. 1 and 3, rattled off five bogeys in his last six holes, including four straight on Nos. 4-7.
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Update #13: 12:53 p.m. EDT
The hard rain has started to fall at Kiawah. No delays yet, but the umbrellas are coming out. Despite the weather worsening, Thorbjorn Olesen just eagled the par-5 16th to move to 3 over.
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Update #12: 12:27 p.m. EDT
Scott Verplank has withdrawn from the championship, citing a hip injury. Verplank opened the championship with a 3-over 75 and had four bogeys thru 9 holes on Friday.
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Update #11: 12:24 p.m. EDT
After dropping a shot to begin his back nine, Vijay Singh has notched his fourth birdie of the day at the par-4 13th to move back to 4 under and within two shots of leader Carl Pettersson, who is set to tee off at 2 p.m.
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Update #10: 12:04 p.m. EDT
Nick Watney wasn’t in terrible position after his first round after shooting 1-over 73. But things have gotten much worse for him today. Watney has three double bogeys and a bogey through nine holes – he started on No. 10 Friday – and is 8 over for the tournament.
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Update #9: 11:58 a.m. EDT
Alex Noren entered the second round one shot back of the leader at 5 under. He’s now at even after a 5-over front nine, which included a double bogey at the par-4 third. Also dropping back is Graeme McDowell, who is 3 over through nine holes today to fall to 1 under, and Aaron Baddeley, who is 5 over through 14 holes to drop to 1 over.
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Update #8: 11:25 a.m. EDT
Hunter Mahan notched three bogeys and a double during his first round Thursday. He did, however, also make five birdies to card an even-par 72.
Fast forward to today. He’s already got five bogeys through 10 holes and has dropped to 4 over. Mahan, who is ninth in the Ryder Cup standings and a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, started his second round with a bogey at the par-4 10th before alternating par and bogey for the rest of the back nine.
He did just make birdie at the par-4 first, but still has some work to do as he sits two strokes off the projected cut line. And The Ocean Course is not being forgiving so far today.
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Update #7: 11:00 a.m. EDT
Vijay Singh’s presence two shots off the lead isn’t as surprising as it might seem. The Fijian has played well, including a top-10 finish at the Open Championship after ending his time at Royal Lytham with a bogey-free stretch of 30 holes.
He was also T-7 at the RBC Canadian Open with four rounds in the 60s.
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Update #6: 10:52 a.m. EDT
Some interesting stats from the course as we approach the fourth hour of play on Friday.
For the tournament, the par-4 9th hole is playing as the toughest with a 4.363 average (including 52 bogeys, 6 double-bogeys and 1 more than double). Not far behind is the par-3 14th hole, playing at 3.348 with 65 bogeys and 3 doubles. Rounding out the top-3 toughest is the par-4 13th, which has 41 bogeys, 16 doubles and one worse than double for a 4.328 average. Between the three holes, there have been only 27 birdies.
There have been no birdies on Nos. 9 and 13 today.
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Update #5: 10:33 a.m. EDT
Looks like arriving at Kiawah early to prepare is paying off for Vijay Singh, who is 3 under through seven holes today to move to 4 under and two shots back of the lead. Also, Matt Kuchar, who entered the day at even, has fallen back to 3 over thanks to three straight bogeys on Nos. 12-14.
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Update #4: 10:15 a.m. EDT
Some surprising names at the bottom of the leaderboard, including 2012 PGA Tour winner Kyle Stanley, who is 11 over for the tournament after an opening 8-over 72. He is 3 over through eight holes on Friday and currently sits in 153rd place. Ryder Cup hopeful Brandt Snedeker has dropped back to 8 over for the tournament, also 3 over for Friday.
Meanwhile, U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson is even on his round, but will need to make a move after his opening 79. Simpson is currently T-138.
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Update #3: 10:06 a.m. EDT
Birdies have been few and far between for Rickie Fowler so far this week. Fowler made just two Thursday en route to a 2-over 74. He’s through six hole today and has none to go along with a bogey at the par-5 11th. He’s 3 over and below the projected cut line at the moment.
Also, Miguel Angel Jimenez has recovered a bit. He just birdied the par-4 sixth to move to 1 over for the tournament. Alex Noren, who ended his first round one back of the leader at 5 under, just double-bogeyed the par-4 third to drop back to 3 under.
There’s just one golfer out on the course at the moment who is two shots or fewer off the lead: Jamie Donaldson, who is 1 under through eight holes today and 4 under for the tournament.
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Update #2: 9:55 a.m. EDT
Miguel Angel Jimenez finished his first round at 3 under, but the Spaniard has gotten off to a rough start today. Jimenez bogeyed the par-5 second hole and then had a disastrous hole at the par-4 third, making a quadruple bogey to drop below the projected cut line at 2 over. Also, Phil Mickelson just made par at the par-4 13th and is still 2 under through four holes.
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Update #1: 9:32 a.m. EDT
We’re a little more than two hours into the second round and so far there has been plenty of movement near the top, although no one has pulled even – or past for that matter – first-round leader Carl Pettersson, who shot 6 under Thursday and will tee off at 2 p.m.
The course is pretty soggy, a result of heavy rain and thunderstorms pounding the area overnight. It’s close to 80 degrees already at Kiawah and more thunderstorms are likely as the day progresses.
Jamie Donaldson is 2 under through six holes today and has moved up to 5 under. Also moving up is Vijay Singh, who’s currently at 3 under and has two birdies in three holes. Phil Mickelson has also had some early success. Lefty is 2 under through three and is currently five shots back at 1 under.
Some big names are trending down, however, as Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Luke Donald are all 2 over early in their second rounds. Scott is still 2 under for the tournament, but Watson and Donald are 3 over and 4 over, respectively, and currently below the projected cut line. Ryder Cup hopeful Brandt Snedeker is 2 over through four holes and is T-149 at 7 over.
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Tournament coverage: Thursday
• 5 Things: It was a benign opening round at Kiawah Island, where soft conditions and gentle wind allowed players to shoot plenty of low scores, including Carl Pettersson’s tournament-leading 66. Story.
• Ryder Cup: Those players on the “bubble” to earn a spot on the U.S. squad didn’t play particularly well on Thursday at the PGA Championship. Story.
• All over the map: Playing in the afternoon wave with the wind freshening, Phil Mickelson saw all of the 7,676 yards of the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island – and maybe just a little more as he clawed his way to a 1-over 73. Story.
• Putting it all behind: Adam Scott didn’t wait long to put the Open Championship collapse behind him, looking in complete control during his 4-under 68 on Thursday at the PGA Championship. Story.
• Back to basics: Watching the PGA on TV was disjointed and lethargic. Suggestion: More golf, less personality. Story.
• A struggle: For the 20 club professionals at the PGA Championship, Thursday’s first round at Kiawah Island was a reality check, with none of them currently inside the projected cut line. Story.
• A bit Joost up: Joost Luiten – or Willibrordus Adrianus Maria Luiten – had Kiawah Island buzzing when he got to 8 under on Thursday, but don’t let his fade back to 4 under fool you – he’s got game. Story.
• All hype, no bite: The par-3 17th hole at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course was supposed to rear its ugly head and bring golfers to its knees. Um, we’re still waiting . . . Story.
• People’s champ: John Daly might be known for the splashy clothes, the suspensions, the struggles with alcohol, but his 68 on Thursday reminded us of the game that he possesses. Story.
• PGA Championship notebook: On a day that Pat Perez didn’t even want to go to the first tee because of a horrible warmup, a 3-under 69 left him feeling better at the end of the day. Story.
• Taking control: Carl Pettersson made the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island look downright pedestrian on Thursday, firing a 6-under 66 to take an early one-shot lead at the PGA Championship. Story.
• That’s more like it: Rory McIlroy knew that Mother Nature was never going to be kinder than this, so he went out and fired a 5-under 67 at Kiawah Island to sit one shot off the lead at the PGA Championship. Story.
• Feeling it: A week after looking out-of-sorts on the putting surface, Tiger Woods needed only 22 putts to help him card a 3-under 69 on Thursday at the PGA Championship. Story.
• Tiger Tracker, Round 1: Follow Tiger Woods – and the rest of the field – as he takes on Kiawah Island in search of his first major victory in more than four years. Tracker.
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Tournament preview: Wednesday
• Decisions, decisions: Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal talked Ryder Cup on Wednesday at the PGA Championship, with the U.S. likely down to only one spot remaining on its squad. Who will get it? Story.
• 5 Things: The season’s final major starts Thursday at a soft Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Here’s 5 Things you need to know on the eve of the year’s final major. Story.
• Behind the smile: Don’t let the jovial attitude and big grin fool you. Graeme McDowell feels the pressure just like any other golfer on a professional tour. He just hides it a bit better. Story.
• Hot and cold: Rory McIlroy has had his glorious moments (a victory and World No. 1 ranking) and his dismal moments (three missed cuts), but the Northern Irishman has shown signs of life before the PGA Championship. Story.
• New perspective: After a four-week absence from competitive golf, U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson returns to the spotlight “refreshed and not putting any pressure” on himself. Story.
• Family ties: Spencer Levin and his father/coach, Don – a former PGA Tour player in the 1980s – mix their personal relationship with business, and it works just fine. Story.
• Crane out: Ben Crane withdrew from the PGA Championship on Wednesday with a back injury. He has been replaced in the field by Chris Stroud. Story.
• Show me the money! A look at the prize money breakdown for this week’s 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course. Payouts.