The PGA Championship: Woods 5 Behind After Long Round 1
Thick fog wreaked havoc on the schedule of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, forcing some players to finish their first round just a few hours before Round 2 started late Friday.
However, the delays failed to completely doom Tiger Woods despite the now-regular struggles, as the world number one managed to salvage a 1-under 71 to trail current leader Matt Kuchar by four strokes after the first round. Kuchar, who is fighting for a Ryder Cup spot in the U.S. squad, fired a 67 to take a one-shot lead over a four-man group that included Ernie Els.
Phil Mickelson, who has a chance to topple Woods from the top of the world rankings with a good result, struggled in the first round with a 73. However, Mickelson looked more focused when returned for the second round. He finished round two with a 69, giving him a two-round total of 142.
Kuchar also finished his second round early and is currently hanging on a one-stroke lead after a 69. His 136 total is slightly better than Nick Watney’s 137. Watney fired rounds of 69 and 68. British sensation Rory McIlroy was among the notable names to complete two rounds by early Saturday, and the youngster is three strokes out of the lead after a 71 and 68.
Among those in danger of missing the halfway cut are recent The Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (71-75) and Justin Rose (74-74).