Vijay Singh put up the only round under 70 on Friday and worked himself into a three-way tie for the lead with Tiger Woods and first round leader Carl Pettersson at the PGA Championship on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
Pettersson began the day by bogeying Nos. 10 and 13 to drop to 4-under, but took a stroke back with a birdie on the par-5 16th. He looked to be in trouble again on No. 1 when he hit his second shot into the sand, but a deft and fortunate chip shot saw him birdie the hole. On No. 3, Petterson stepped up again with a birdie.
"It was a difficult day," Pettersson said. "I thought 2-over was probably like shooting 2-under (Thursday). I played well."
His finish, was not as fortunate and a result his sole possession of the lead disapeared. He bogeyed the last three holes to drop back into a tie for the lead.
"I hit some squirrely shots which is typical when it's blowing 30 miles an hour, but I hit some really good ones too," he said. "It's just very difficult to get any rhythm in the round of hitting fairways and greens and my short game was good, which was nice on days like this."
Woods birdied Nos. 2 and 4 to pull to 5-under-par before previous leader Gary Woodland dropped four shots on three consecutive holes, starting with a double bogey on No. 8.
"I thought going out there anything even-par or better was going to be a good score," Woods said. "That was my goal. So I went out and accomplished that."
Woods then gave a shot back by bogeying a par-3 8th, but got back to 5-under with a birdie on No. 12, a par 4.
Vijay Singh posted the best round of the day, a 3-under 69 to move up the leaderboard into a tie for second at 4-under. It's highly probably he benefited from spending Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week trying to get a feel for the shifting winds.
Singh was also spotted on the driving range late Thursday after his round, when wind speeds were highest.
Ian Poulter fired a 71 on Friday to move to -3 heading to the weekend. Rory McIlroy and Jamie Donaldson are each at -2.
"It's the wind. It's just obviously very, very difficult," Poulter said. "It's very hard to put it in play and you're fighting the course for so long. You're fighting the wind and it's very tiring. Six-hour rounds in any major is obviously going to wear you out."
CUT LINE: When the second round began, the projected cut was listed at 2-over-par. With players continuing to struggle on the Ocean Course because of the high winds, the projected cut has been moved to 6-over-par. U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson highlights the players who did not qualify for the weekend.
TROUBLING TIMES: Hole No. 9 has had its way with the nearly the entire PGA Championship field. The 494-yard par-4 9th only gave up six birdies on Thursday and no eagles. Many fell behind on the hole, with 46 golfers finishing with a bogey, and 6 others hitting double bogeys.
WITHDRAWS: Scott Verplank withdrew from the PGA Championship after playing eight holes today. He was 5-over on the day, and 8-over for the championship. Kevin Na also withdrew this afternoon. He was 6-over on the day and 9-over overall.