Can Tiger master Kiawah? Answer blowing in the wind

Following an opening round that saw the PGA Tour’s top golfers enjoying their rounds on Kiawah Island, TheOcean Course bit back on Friday.

On the toughest scoring day in the PGA Championship since it switched to stroke play in 1958, Tiger Woods shot a 1-under 71 on Friday to take a share of the lead with Vijay Singh and Carl Pettersson going into the weekend.

In a relentless wind that began at sunrise, par never looked better in this championship. There were more rounds in the 90s – two of them by club pros – than in the 60s – one by Singh.

More than 30 players failed to break 80, including Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan. Myrtle Beach’s Dustin Johnson, believed to be a contender on his home state course, barely made the cut.

Singh, a three-time major champion who hasn’t won in nearly four years, scratched out five birdies in a remarkable round of 3-under 69.

Only three other players managed to break par in the second round – Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland at 70, and Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter at 71.

The scoring average was 78.11, smashing the previous record for the PGA Championship was 76.8 in the opening round at Llanerch Country Club in 1958. More winds and bogeys are in the forecast for Saturday.

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