PGA Championship 2012: Carl Petterson, Tiger Woods back on the course
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Carl Pettersson puts his one-stroke lead on the line in the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday.
Players are back on the course on a windy morning at Kiawah Island after mostly calm conditions for the opening round. It began raining hard in the area not long after play concluded Thursday.
Pettersson shot a 6-under 66. Rory McIlroy is part of a group of four players at 5 under. Tiger Woods is three strokes behind the leader.
Those three will all play in the afternoon Friday after taking advantage of good scoring conditions on the first day.
The past 16 majors have been won by 16 different players. Woods hasn't won one since 2008.
On Thursday, Woods made three bogeys and still shot 69. McIlroy was even better, breezing through the first round with barely a misstep.
At one point, a 26-year-old from the Netherlands named Joost Luiten looked poised to challenge the major championship scoring record of 63. That didn't happen, but on the first day of the PGA Championship, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island was in a forgiving mood.
"It's a little bit softer so that makes the fairways wider, and the wind really hasn't blown, and the greens are still a little bit soft," first-round leader Carl Pettersson said. "Under the right conditions, if it got really firm and fast and you had the wind, it would be very difficult. I think we've seen it about as easy as it can get today this morning."
Pettersson shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead, but he was just one of several players who took advantage of the favorable terrain on a steamy day. McIlroy was one of four players at 5 under, and even John Daly worked his way into the mix, part of a big group at 68.
In all, there were 44 rounds under par, the most in the opening round since there were 60 at Medinah in 2006.
Woods was three strokes back after a satisfactory day. He's trying to end the longest drought of his career in the majors. This is his 14th major since he won his last one in 2008.
"Anything in the 60s is going to be a good start in a major championship," Woods said. "And I'm right there."
McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain and Alex Noren of Sweden each had 67. Fernandez-Castano and Noren played in the afternoon but weren't too hindered by the elements.
"It was quite breezy this afternoon," Fernandez-Castano said. "I don't think it's so much about how much. Maybe it's the direction. The wind was kind of helping on the last few holes."
Pettersson, a winner earlier this year in South Carolina down the coast at Hilton Head, broke 70 for the first time in 21 tries at the PGA Championship to take the lead. McIlroy, meanwhile, looked ready to contend after lackluster finishes at the year's first three majors.