KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — The weather might end up being Tiger Woods’ saving grace at the PGA Championship.
After posting three bogeys in his first seven holes on Saturday to fall back to 1 under and sit five shots back of Rory McIlroy and Vijay Singh, the horn blew as he faced an 8-footer for par at the par-3 8th hole.
With the weather never letting up, play was suspended for the day and players will return to their position on the course at 7:45 a.m. EDT on Sunday. The final round will be played in threesomes starting at 11:44 a.m. EDT, with groups going off both the first and 10th tees.
On a day when the course was receptive to lower scores, Woods missed great birdie chances at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 – missing a 3-footer on the latter. He’d hit two fans on his way to a bogey on No. 4 and miss a 10-footers for par on Nos. 5 and 7.
“I got off to a rough start today and couldn’t get anything going. I’ll come back tomorrow morning and see what happens. There are a lot of holes left to play,” said Woods.
See how it all unfolded, including McIlroy’s brilliant early run:
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Update #15: 4:50 p.m.
Play has officially been suspended. There is a huge band of bad weather moving in from the west. Not looking good, but maybe this stoppage will allow Tiger to regain his focus. Rory can’t be too thrilled, though. He was playing well, making five birdies in nine holes to move up to 6 under.
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No. 8, par 3, 198 yards
Everything is off today for Tiger. Now comes a hole that he bogeyed yesterday. Bad weather is rolling in, too.
Off the tee: Tiger goes 8-iron and it lands about a foot too short and runs off the front-right side. Tough break.
Around the green: Tiger chips it up to about 6 feet. Then the horns blow. Weather delay starts now.
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No. 7, par 5, 579 yards
Tiger continues to struggle on the greens, missing another potential birdie putt. Making matters worse, Rory McIlroy is playing lights out with five birdies in seven holes.
Off the tee: Tiger takes driver here and with the wind blowing left to right, he hammers it right. It finds a sandy area.
Second shot: From an awkward stance, Tiger hits this directly right and into the crowd. Not far at all. He better get another signed glove ready.
Third shot: Tiger has a deep lie. He rips it with an 8-iron and finds the left sand.
Around the green: Tiger is visibly frustrated walking toward the green. He has his club gripped with two hands looking like he wants to break it in half. He throws his towel at his bag before hitting his fourth shot from the sand. He’s barking at himself, too. He hits the flagstick, but it bounces off about 10 feet right.
On the green: Tiger makes another bogey after missing his par putt. Tiger not looking good at all today.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Thru 6 holes, 1 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Vijay Singh makes a 30-footer for birdie to move to 6 under. He’s now tied for the lead with Rory McIlroy, who bogeyed No. 9.
Also, Adam Scott has moved to 5 under after making a 45-footer for birdie at No. 9. It was his third birdie in a row and fourth of the day.
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No. 6, par 4, 480 yards
Tiger is reeling after a second consecutive bogey. He has to get things figured out quickly as Vijay and Rory continue to get farther and farther away.
Off the tee: This is a good start. Tiger hits 3-wood and likes it immediately. He’s on the fairway.
Approach shot: From the middle of the fairway, Tiger can attack here. He sends it past the hole, but will still be putting for birdie.
On the green: Tiger reads it correctly, but leaves it short from about 30 feet. He makes a 2-footer for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (Thru 6 holes, 2 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy moves into the outright lead after chipping to about 3 feet and making birdie at the par-5 seventh, and then sticking his tee shot at the par-3 eighth to about 6 feet to set up another birdie. He’s 5 under today and 7 under for the championship.
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No. 5, par 3, 188 yards
Tiger is lathered in sweat, down a stroke and has already autographed two gloves. Not a good start.
Off the tee: Tiger double-crosses a 5-iron left. He looks all out of sorts.
Around the green: Tiger is left of the green, but makes a solid chip. He leaves it about 8 feet short. He’d rather that than miss long.
On the green: Tiger makes another bad putt to try and save par. Make that a second straight bogey. He’s three back now.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (Thru 5 holes, 2 under for the tournament)
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No. 4, par 4, 458 yards
A day after the putter saved him, it’s costing Tiger so far today. He did birdied this hole yesterday. Lots of people following Tiger. The gallery is about 12-people deep with plenty of people hanging in trees at some of the holes.
Off the tee: Tiger hits 5-wood left and into the gallery. He’s not too far off the fairway, but anytime you knock it into the crowd it isn’t a good shot.
Approach shot: Tiger’s ball actually hits a fan. The fan is OK, however, and Tiger signs a glove and they shake hands. Now back to work. Tiger has a bad lie and muscles it out. He grunts as the ball goes left of the green.
Around the green: Tiger’s ball again hits a fan – this time it’s a kid and another signed glove is in order. He chunks his third shot, however, and then has to chip again, putting it about 3 feet past. He’ll have that for bogey.
On the green: Tiger makes bogey, but is not happy.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (Thru 4 holes, 3 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy is in a rhythm early on. He sticks his tee shot at the par-3 fifth hole to about 3 feet and calmly sinks his third birdie of the day to move into a share of the lead at 5 under.
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No. 3, par 4, 390 yards
Suspect start for Tiger. Those two holes were both birdie holes. The tee is moved up about 70 yards, making the green reachable. But as we saw with Rory’s tee shot, if one tries for the green, a few tress come into play.
Off the tee: The crowd groans when Tiger doesn’t grab his driver, but he puts his 3-iron right down the fairway. Safe, but smart shot.
Approach shot: Great approach from Tiger, who gets some backspin on this one and watches it roll back to about 3 feet. Great chance at birdie from here.
On the green: Not a good stroke for Tiger, who pulls his short birdie putt. He collects himself and saves par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (Thru 3 holes, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Carl Pettersson has dropped a shot after bogey at No. 3 just in front of Tiger’s group. He’s at 3 under now. His playing competitor, Ian Poulter, birdied the hole to move to 4 under.
Also, Adam Scott holes a shot from the sand to birdie No. 5. He moves to 2 under.
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No. 2, par 5, 557 yards
Vijay’s birdie start put Tiger one shot back now. Tiger took a chance at No. 2 yesterday and it paid off as he made birdie. He’s actually birdied this hole in each of his two previous rounds.
Off the tee: Tiger pulls out the driver after a chat with caddie Joe Lacava. He hammers it down the middle of the fairway.
Second shot: Tiger’s drive was about 60 yards shorter than his one yesterday, but he’s still 35 yards ahead of Vijay. With a fairway woods, Tiger goes too long and finds the back-left sandy area.
Third shot: With the wind starting to pick up, Tiger gets it out of the sand and to about 20 feet.
On the green: Tiger’s put hits the right side of the cup – a little too hard – and lips out to the left. He makes a 2-footer for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (Thru 2 holes, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy’s tee shot on No. 3 lodges into a dead tree that guards the front of the green. He has to take an unplayable, but ends up saving par by making a nice 8-footer.
Also, Aaron Baddeley is 2 under today through four holes and has climbed to 3 under. His playing competitor, Adam Scott, is even for the day and 1 under for the tournament.
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No. 1, Par 4, 396 yards
It’s a very muggy day with a only a light breeze. Tiger has on a white shirt with blue stripes, black pants and a black hat. Woods was just chipping out of a sandy area in the practice area behind the first tee. Tiger and Vijay shake hands, Tiger smiles, but it’s all business. Tiger’s ready to go.
Off the tee: Tiger hit iron off the tee yesterday here, but opts for 5-wood today. He hits a stinger left and it finds the rough. Not a good lie, either.
Approach shot: Tiger and Vijay chat walking down the fairway. Tiger makes the most of his buried lie, hitting a low, hard shot with 9-iron that hops up on to the green. He’s just on the fringe about 8 feet away.
Around the green: Tiger putts and pushes it a tad to the right. Good speed.
On the green: Easy tap-in for Tiger.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (Thru 1 hole, 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Vijay makes a 10-footer for birdie to take the lead at 5 under. Rory McIlroy has birdied his second straight hole and is at 4 under now going into the par-4 third hole.
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Update #14: 2:53 p.m.
Rory McIlroy has quickly pull to within a shot of the lead, making a 15-footer for birdie at No. 1 to move to 3 under.
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Update #13: 2:41 p.m.
Justin Rose bogeyed three of his last six holes to close with a 2-under 70. His last bogey came at No. 18, where he missed a 3-footer for par. He’ll enter Sunday at 2 over.
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Update #12: 2:26 p.m.
Bo Van Pelt has gotten off to a great start. He has four birdies through eight holes and is 2 under.
Also climbing are Joost Luiten and David Lynn. Luiten has started his day with two straight birdies and is at 2 under for the tournament. Lynn responded to a bogey at No. 10 with a birdie on No. 11 to move back to 1 under for the tournament. He’s 4 under today.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose has dropped back a bit. Rose just bogeyed the par-3 17th and is 2 over in his last five holes. He currently sits at 1 over with one hole to play.
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Update #11: 2:15 p.m.
Zach Johnson has started his round birdie-birdie. He’s 1 under for the tournament entering the drivable par-4 third hole.
Also, Padraig Harrington is 4 under through seven holes today. He just birdied the par-5 seventh hole and is at 2 under for the tournament, two behind Tiger and Vijay.
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Update #10: 2:04 p.m.
Padraig Harrington and Joost Luiten have both moved to 1 under, Luiten picking up birdie at No. 1 and Harrington getting two birds on Nos. 3 and 6.
Meanwhile, journeyman Davd Lynn bogeys No. 10 and falls back to even par.
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Update #9: 1:51 p.m.
Steve Stricker is now 5 under on his round after hitting an incredible approach shot into the par-5 11th hole, leaving himself only 3 feet for a birdie, which he glides in. Stricker is 2 under for the tournament and two off the lead.
One course tidbit: The par-3 4th hole is playing at only 317 yards, allowing players to try and drive the green. Keegan Bradley succeeded and birdied the hole with a two-putt.
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Update #8: 1:35 p.m.
Justin Rose drops his first shot of the day at the par-4 13th hole and is now even par and T-13.
Englishman David Lynn is now 4 under thru 8 holes on Saturday to move to 1 under overall, joining Steve Stricker as early movers into red figures.
Gary Woodland – who held the lead on Friday afternoon until a bad stretch of holes in the middle of his his round – is working his way back onto the leaderboard, picking up birdies at both No. 6 and No. 7 to get to even par.
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Update #7: 1:19 p.m.
Steve Stricker is now 4 under on his round thru 9 holes, picking up birdie on No. 9 – the second-toughest hole for the week – to get to 1 under for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose pars both Nos. 11 and 12 to stay at 1 under. Both are three off the lead.
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Update #6: 1:03 p.m.
Jason Dufner fired a 4-under 68 on Saturday to move back to 2 over for the tournament, a day after making the cut on the number.
Meanwhile, Steve Stricker is making a big move as well, working his way back to even par with birdies on Nos. 5, 7 and 8.
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Update #5: 12:45 p.m.
Justin Rose is on fire now, picking up birdie at No. 10 to move to 1 under after starting the day at 4 over. He is now T-7, three off the lead. Rose has birdied four of his last six holes.
Alexander Noren is also making a nice move to get back into the top 20, picking up birdies at Nos. 1 and 3 to move to 1 over for the tournament. Noren fired a 67 in the first round to sit one off the lead, but followed it up with an 8-over 80.
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Update #4: 12:38 p.m.
Justin Rose is made the front nine look like child’s play on Saturday, moving to T-11 after four birdies, coming on Nos. 4, 6, 7 and 8. Rose is now at even par, four shots off the lead. Rose finished T-8 at the Masters, T-21 at the U.S. Open and missed the cut at the Open Championship.
Meanwhile, Y.E. Yang has also started hot, also moving to even par with three birdies in his first five holes, coming at Nos. 2, 4 and 5. Yang failed to play the weekend at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship.
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Update #3: 12:05 p.m.
Tiger Woods is not only looking to snap a more than four-year winless streak in majors, he’s also looking to move back to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He can do so with a win or a second-place finish here at Kiawah Island.
Woods hasn’t been No. 1 since after the BMW Championship in 2010.
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Update #2: Noon
Tiger Woods has yet to break par in any weekend round at a major in 2012, but will likely need to today as conditions aren’t nearly as tough as the field faced on Friday.
It is 88 degrees with 6 mph winds, with the forecast only calling for up to 15 mph winds this afternoon. Players had gusts up to 30 mph on Friday.
Dustin Johnson started his round quickly with birdies at Nos. 2, 3 and 5 to show that birdies are out there on Saturday. Johnson has since dropped four shots, but is only one of six players over par thus far today.
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Update #1: 11:10 a.m.
A small factoid to start the day: Tiger Woods has held a 36-hole in a major 10 times and won eight times.
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Tournament coverage: Friday
• They’re out: Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan are among the PGA Tour stars who won’t be sticking around for the weekend at Kiawah Island. Story.
• Kiawah carnage: Circus-like stuff? You bet. Friday at Kiawah Island was the day good rounds went to die, and golf began to resemble something more akin to Olympic men’s field hockey. Story.
• 5 Things: Well, that was the Ocean Course we were hoping to see. The wind kicked up and Pete Dye’s devilish design got the best of the field at the year’s final major. Story.
• Third time’s the charm? Tiger Woods has had a chance to win a major twice this season – only to disappear on the weekend. After taking a share of the 36-hole lead at the PGA, he’s hoping this weekend is different. Story.
• ‘Just a long day”: It was a tough day for Ohio club pro Doug Wade, who shot 21 over – the second-highest score in PGA Championship history. Story.
• Positive performance: For Vijay Singh, Friday’s 3-under 69 at the PGA Championship was another bright spot for the 49-year-old, who has found some of his old form recently after years of struggles. Story.
• Battled and bruised: They came to Kiawah to win a PGA Championship, but Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan were also hoping to earn an automatic Ryder Cup berth. Unfortunately, they did neither. Story
• ‘It’s painful’: After playing soft Thursday, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island toughened up Friday, with high winds and rain making for a challenging, more PGA Championship-like second round. Story.
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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.