Carl Pettersson holds a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh at the PGA Championship, where gusting winds have sent scores soaring during the second round of golf’s final major tournament of the year.
Pettersson holed out a wedge shot from greenside sand on his 10th hole for a birdie to reach 6 under par at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Woods, 36, has two birdies and a bogey in his first 11 holes today and is tied at 4 under with Singh, the 49-year-old two-time champion from Fiji, who shot 1-under 69 today.
Of the 78 players who teed off this morning, Singh was one of only three to break par compared with 44 under-par rounds yesterday morning.
“It’s very challenging,” 2005 champion Phil Mickelson said after a 1-under round of 71. “You’ve got to tackle these crosswinds and it’s very difficult to play through the air.”
High winds led to slower play today, causing tee times to be delayed 20 minutes. An overnight thunderstorm dumped almost three inches of rain on the course and produced windy, overcast conditions for the second round.
John Daly, the 1991 champion, bogeyed his first three holes today and is at 1 under. Daly, 46, an American who tied for fifth at last week’s Reno-Tahoe Open, hasn’t advanced past two rounds at the PGA since 2007, when he tied for 32nd.