Tiger Woods shares lead at PGA Championship | Golf
Tiger Woods, Carl Pettersson and Vijay Singh are tied for the lead after two rounds of the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, S.C.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — On a day with wind so blustery a well-struck 4-iron traveled a mere 145 yards and some short putts ended up blown completely off the green, Tiger Woods — his shirt sleeves and pant legs flapping in the gusts — faced down the elements and charged into a three-way tie for the lead of the PGA Championship on Friday.
Woods, who shot a 1-under-par 71, had the lead outright until he three-putted the 18th green for his second bogey of the day.
He finished with a two-day score of 4-under 140, tying him with first-round leader Carl Pettersson (74) and Vijay Singh, whose 69 was the low score of the day.
"We were getting blown around all day," Woods said. "It was fun but it was tough. You had to allow for the wind on everything — drives, irons, chips and putts. The wind controlled everything."
Joost Luiten (1 over for the tournament) of the Netherlands failed to finish and will return Saturday morning to complete his second round. The scoring average for Friday was 78.11, the highest of all time for a round in the PGA Championship; the previous tournament record was 76.8 in the opening round in 1958 at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa.
For the third consecutive major championship this year, Woods is in or near the lead after two rounds. He has broken par in five of the first eight rounds of this year's four major tournaments. It is the weekend rounds that have been his downfall. In six rounds after the halfway mark at this year's Grand Slam tournaments, Woods has yet to break par.
"I've been in this position many times before in my career, not just this year," 14-time major champion Woods said. "So I've been here before. It is the halfway mark and there is a long way to go. If the weather remains like this, it's going to be very tough on everyone.
"But I'm pleased. Anything under par today is very good, so I feel very confident."
Friday's conditions included 35 mph squalls that staggered scores of golfers marching along the seaside holes of The Ocean Course. Woods stalked Pettersson with remarkably precise putting, needing a mere 11 putts on his first nine holes. He has needed 48 putts in his two rounds on the complex and cantilevered greens.
Pettersson held off Woods for most of Friday, then bogeyed three of his last four holes to drop out of sole possession of the top spot. Ian Poulter (71) was alone in fourth place at 3 under and Rory McIlroy (75) was tied for fifth at 2 under.
Woods bogeyed the difficult par-3 eighth hole, but was otherwise virtually robotic with his driving and creative with his short game. One chip stopped on the edge of the hole. Two short putts circled the hole before dropping.
"There were no tap-ins, nothing was safe," Woods said. "The wind could have blown a 10-inch putt off line."
While Woods finished just before dark, Singh played in the morning, when the winds might have been the most fierce.
Singh, 49, conceded they might have been the most difficult conditions he had encountered. The two-time PGA Championship winner fought the wind, often a crosswind, with precise iron play and strategy off the tee.
"You made a calculation about how much the crosswind would affect the flight of the ball," he said. "And once you made your calculation, you had to hit it before the wind changed."
Singh hit 11 of 18 greens in regulation, a success ratio of 61 percent on a day when 45 percent was closer to the norm.
Players with scores above 150 were projected to miss the cut, a group that included Ryan Moore (73-79 — 152) of Puyallup; club pro Jeff Coston (74-79 — 153) of Blaine; Kyle Stanley (80-78 — 158) of Gig Harbor and club pro Corey Prugh (78-85 — 163) of Spokane.
• Chella Choi shot a 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Choi was at 9-under 133.
Choi split a side seam on her golf shorts on the ninth green; she was wearing leggings.
Inbee Park (65), Mika Miyazato (68) and Hee Kyung Seo (66) were tied for second.
Wendy Ward (69), who lives outside Edwall, near Spokane, was tied for 32nd at 140. Jimin Kang (71), a graduate of King's High School in Shoreline, was tied for 47th at 141.