Friday's Golf Capsules
Saturday, August 11, 2012
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The major known as "Glory's Last Shot" turned into one last chance for Tiger Woods.
On the toughest scoring day in PGA Championship history, Woods made putts from one end of Kiawah Island to the other Friday for a 1-under 71 that gave him a share of the lead with Vijay Singh and Carl Pettersson going into the weekend.
"It was tough out there — wow," Woods said.
In a relentless wind that began at sunrise and whipped up the Atlantic waters with 30 mph gusts, par never looked better in this championship. There were more rounds in the 90s — two of them by club pros — than in the 60s. More than 30 players failed to break 80, including Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan.
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.
It's the second time this year that Woods has had a share of the lead in a major going into the weekend. He missed one chance at Olympic Club in the U.S. Open, when he stumbled to a 75-73 to tie for 21st. He was in the penultimate group at the British Open until a triple bogey on the sixth hole of the final round took him out of the mix.
Six players were atop the leaderboard on this day of survival.
Singh was the first to post at 4-under 140, and it didn't look as though anyone would be able to even match that as the wind never let up on The Ocean Course.
Pettersson stayed in the lead as long as he could until a few errant tee shots cost him at the end of his round and he had to settle for a 74. Woods, playing on the opposite side of the course, showed early on that he figured out something with his putter.
Along with birdie putts of 15 feet and 40 feet on the opening two holes, there was a collection of big par saves — from 20 feet on the third hole, a pair of 8-foot par putts a few holes later. There were even two short par putts that swirled 360 degrees around the cup and dropped.
The only disappointment was the way it ended. After hooking a tee shot that rattled around the corporate tents and allowed him a shot into the 18th, he ran his birdie putt about 6 feet by the hole and three-putted for bogey.
JAMIE FARR TOLEDO CLASSIC
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Chella Choi shrugged off two bogeys to start the back nine, birdieing three late holes for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead after the second round of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
Choi, winless in her four years on the LPGA tour, started with a 66 and was at 9-under 133 at rainy Highland Meadows Golf Club.
Inbee Park, coming off a victory in the Evian Masters, had the day's low round, climbing 29 spots on the leaderboard with a 65. Mika Miyazato had a 68, and Hee Kyung Seo a 66 to join Park at 8 under.
First-round leader Pernilla Lindberg, Hee-Won Han, Karine Icher and So Yeon Ryu were another shot back. Lindberg had a 71, Han shot 67, Icher 69 and Ryu 68.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng and Michelle Wie missed the cut.
U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR
CLEVELAND (AP) — Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn set up a semifinal showdown in the U.S. Women's Amateur with quarterfinal victories at The Country Club.
Jutanugarn, from Thailand, beat UCLA's Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., 5 and 4. The 16-year-old Jutanugarn successfully defended her title last week in the Junior PGA Championship. She also won the Canadian Women's Amateur this summer and the 2011 U.S. Girls' Junior.
The 15-year-old Ko, the South Korean-born New Zealander who tops the world amateur rankings, beat South Africa's Paula Reto 3 and 1. Ko won the New South Wales Open in January in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event
Canada's Nicole Zhang will face Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Fla., in the other semifinal. Zhang, a Notre Dame player, beat Australia's Su-Hyun Oh 2 and 1, and Green topped Mexico's Marijosse Navarro, also 2 and 1.