(KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C.) — Tiger Woods is three shots back following his 3-under-par 69 on Thursday at the 94th PGA Championship. Woods needed just 22 putts to get the job done after having a rough go around last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he tied for eighth.
“I’m playing with Keegan and he’s 3 under through two, and you look up on the board, some guy’s 4 under through six; a bunch of guys 3 under through five; a couple of them were 3 under through three,” said Woods, who shot in 60s for the first time in three years at the tourney.
“So it’s one of those days where it looks like everyone’s going to shoot 6, 7, 8-under par, but the wind kicked up a little bit and it changed things quite a bit. If it had stayed pretty benign, I’m sure you would have had to have probably shot 5-under par to be in the top 10.”
Carl Pettersson is atop the leader board after finishing with a 6 under par 66.
“The winds started blowing a little bit on the back nine and I carried on a solid play,” said Pettersson. “Hitting a lot of fairways, hitting a lot of greens, and making a few putts, so it was a great day for me.”
Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are all tied for second 5 under par 67.
Keegan Bradley who won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last weeked is tied for third with Adam Scott, John Daly, Graeme McDowell and five others.
Phil Mickelson shot a 73 and is 1 over.
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