Gusty winds make things difficult for players at PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson sits at even-par through two round at The Ocean Course
Phil Mickelson sits at even-par through two round at The Ocean Course

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Rough weather conditions wreaked havoc on golfers at The Ocean Course this morning as many struggled to make their way up the PGA Championship scoreboard.

After a relatively calm day Thursday, wind speeds of nearly 20 mph made it troubling for golfers to hit their marks on The Ocean Course.

"It's very easy to let shots slip out on this golf course," said Adam Scott, who shot 3-over this morning, falling back to 1-under on the championship. "So I think, consider 75 kind of a par round of golf out there today."

One golfer that seemed to not mind the course's windy conditions was Vijay Singh. The player from Figi finished his second round 3-under-par. He shot five birdies and two bogeys on the day, to bring himself to 4-under for the tournament.

"It was one of my better rounds," said Singh. "I didn't strike the ball as good, but I scored really, really well, and I think that was key."

Singh was one of only a handful of golfers who were able to successfully navigate The Ocean Course and post a round under par this morning. The majority of the field struggled mightily.

Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who began his day at 5-under, bogeyed several holes and dropped to 1-over for the championship. It was a rough day for him from the beginning. He started off with bogeys on No. 10 and No. 11, and finished the last four holes at 4-over.

"Well, it's playing tough in this wind," said Fernandez-Castano. "Plus six, it's not the way I wanted to play today, especially finishing with plus four on the last four holes."

The projected cut at the beginning of the day was set at 1-over-par, but as golfers added strokes to their game throughout the morning, it moved to 3-over. Even with the new projection, a number of big name golfers look to be leaving The Ocean Course early.

Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters Champion, shot 3-over-par this morning, placing him on the wrong side of the cut at 4-over. Luke Donald (+6), Sergio Garcia (+7), 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson (+7) and Rickie Fowler (+10) also are projected to be closing up shop for this weekend.

Thursday morning brought calm weather conditions and a number of golfers took advantage early, with Carl Pettersson topping the leaderboard at 6-under-par. Behind him, Rory McIlroy, American Gary Woodland and two others sit one-back at 5-under.

Going into the second round, eight players, including John Daly and defending champion Keegan Bradley, found themselves at two shots back of the leader. Tiger Woods and 10 other golfers were comfortably positioned at 3-under coming into Friday.

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