Tiger Woods takes lead at USPGA

  • Last Updated: August 11 2012, 13:43 BST

Tiger Woods took a huge step back towards the summit of golf as Kiawah Island turned from pussy cat to monster on Friday.

Woods: Going well

There were more rounds in the nineties than there were in the sixties - just a 69 from Vijay Singh - after fierce winds arrived early and stayed for the rest of the USPGA Championship second round.

Joint 14th after an opening 69, four-time champion Woods made a significant move towards grabbing his 15th major and regaining the world number one spot with a battling 71.

It was spoilt somewhat by a closing three-putt bogey and that left him joint halfway leader - as he was at the US Open in June - with Singh, at 49 trying to become the oldest major winner in history, and first-round leader Carl Pettersson.

England's Ian Poulter would have been alongside them but for also three-putting the last for a 71.

Woods said: "For some reason the putts were going in early on, but a couple of times I got blown and had to make an adjustment.

"It was just one of those tough days. Fun, but really tough and there was no such thing as an easy tap-in.

"We don't play courses like this. It's not a typical PGA Championship venue, but I'm in good shape."

Pettersson led by two after holing out from sand at the first - his 10th - but had a hat-trick of bogeys from the sixth and so had to settle for a 74.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Welshman Jamie Donaldson, meanwhile, have two strokes to make up after scoring 75 and 73 respectively.

McIlroy, joint second overnight, needed to dig deep when he had four bogeys in the first 13 holes, but even though he dropped another stroke at the 15th it came either side of two birdies.

"It was tough," the 23-year-old said. "It was hard getting the ball on the fairway and then onto the green - and then on the green is probably the most difficult bit.

"I could have been a couple of shots better, but I limited the damage and I'm in a good position."

Graeme McDowell, four under overnight, fell back to level par with a 76, while world number one Luke Donald had the same score and after a long wait to learn his fate squeezed into the final 36 holes with nothing to spare.

"I actually played decent and got nothing out of it," Donald said. "I hung in there pretty well and I hit a lot of shots that I thought would give me a putt for birdie and I ended up taking bogey.

"The frustration builds, but I'm not making any excuses. There's still other things to look for and it makes me more determined to keep working hard."

Donald was not alone in thinking he had probably got the wrong end of the draw.

Padraig Harrington also shot 76 to drop back to two over respectively and Justin Rose's 79 saw him tumble from three under to four over.

Harrington is fully aware of Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal's comments on Wednesday that the three-time major winner needed to do "extraordinary" things to come into the reckoning for his side.

The Dubliner would have to win this week to force his way in on points. Sergio Garcia is currently in the 10th and last automatic spot, but his 75 for seven over left him in danger of requiring a captain's pick as well.

As for the American team, this is their last week of qualifying and Phil Mickelson, in the last qualifying position, did his chances no harm at all in front of captain Davis Love with a 71 to stand level par.

Earlier, Donaldson shot 73 - 20 strokes better than one of his playing partners, American club professional Doug Wade.

"Just a brutal test of golf," Donaldson said. "The whole thing is very difficult and frustrating at times.

"We have two more days to grind. I'll just try to take it one shot at a time."

Winner of the Irish Open last month on the links of Royal Portrush - his first European Tour victory in 255 starts - Donaldson was prospering at another seaside venue and in more tough weather.

Paul Lawrie, close to securing a Ryder Cup return after 13 years, shot 75 for four over - three worse than compatriot Martin Laird (74) - while Simon Dyson crashed to an 80 and struggling Paul Casey an 85 including two eights.

Last year's Open champion Darren Clarke had a 76 for five over, while stablemate Lee Westwood was seven over with one to go and needing a birdie.

Westwood parred the last for a 76 and, on seven over, missed the cut by one.

Collated second round scores & totals in the PGA Championship, Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean), Kiawah Island, South Carolina, United States of America

(Par: 72)

140 Tiger Woods (USA) 69 71, Vijay Singh (Fij) 71 69, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 66 74

141 Ian Poulter (Eng) 70 71

142 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 67 75, Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 69 73

143 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 68 75, Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 71 72, Adam Scott (Aus) 68 75, Blake Adams (USA) 71 72

144 Phil Mickelson (USA) 73 71, Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 68 76, Joost Luiten (Ned) 68 76, Peter Hanson (Swe) 69 75, Tim Clark (Rsa) 71 73

145 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 70 75, Pat Perez (USA) 69 76, Zach Johnson (USA) 72 73, Marcel Siem (Ger) 72 73, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa) 67 78, Keegan Bradley (USA) 68 77, John Daly (USA) 68 77, Martin Laird (Sco) 71 74

146 K.T. Kim (Kor) 69 77, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 70 76, Gary Woodland (USA) 67 79, Ben Curtis (USA) 69 77, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 68 78, Scott Piercy (USA) 68 78, Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 69 77, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 71 75, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 69 77, Marc Leishman (Aus) 74 72, K J Choi (Kor) 69 77, Bo Van Pelt (USA) 73 73, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 70 76

147 Steve Stricker (USA) 74 73, Robert Garrigus (USA) 74 73, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 70 77, John Senden (Aus) 73 74, David Lynn (Eng) 73 74, George McNeill (USA) 71 76, Alexander Noren (Swe) 67 80, Ernie Els (Rsa) 72 75, Cameron Tringale (USA) 69 78, Y.E. Yang (Kor) 73 74

148 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 73 75, Bubba Watson (USA) 73 75, Toru Taniguchi (Jpn) 72 76, Bill Haas (USA) 75 73, Justin Rose (Eng) 69 79, Matthew Every (USA) 72 76, Paul Lawrie (Sco) 73 75, Jimmy Walker (USA) 73 75, Rich Beem (USA) 72 76, Michael Hoey (NIrl) 78 70

149 Brendon De Jonge (USA) 71 78, Seung-yul Noh (Kor) 74 75, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 70 79, Darren Clarke (NIrl) 73 76, J J Henry (USA) 72 77, Jim Furyk (USA) 72 77, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 75 74, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 70 79, Ken Duke (USA) 71 78, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 74 75

150 Dustin Johnson (USA) 71 79, Jason Dufner (USA) 74 76, Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 72 78, David Toms (USA) 72 78, John Huh (Kor) 72 78, Luke Donald (Eng) 74 76, Chez Reavie (USA) 74 76

-------------------------------------------------The following players failed to make the cut-----------------------------------------------

151 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 72 79, Anders Hansen (Den) 72 79, Davis Love III (USA) 72 79, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 73 78, George Coetzee (Rsa) 73 78, Webb Simpson (USA) 79 72, Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 72 79, Robert Allenby (Aus) 75 76, Ted Potter, Jr. (USA) 74 77, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 76 75, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 72 79, Johnson Wagner (USA) 75 76

152 Jason Day (Aus) 72 80, Stewart Cink (USA) 74 78, William McGirt (USA) 73 79, Bob Sowards (USA) 75 77, Mark Wilson (USA) 76 76, Hunter Mahan (USA) 72 80, Robert Karlsson (Swe) 74 78, Jonathan Byrd (USA) 73 79, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 71 81, Ryan Moore (USA) 73 79, Lee Westwood (Eng) 75 77

153 Bryce Molder (USA) 75 78, Scott Stallings (USA) 74 79, Branden Grace (Rsa) 74 79, Matteo Manassero (Ita) 71 82, Jeff Coston (USA) 74 79, Simon Dyson (Eng) 73 80, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 73 80, Charles Howell III (USA) 76 77

154 Chris Stroud (USA) 73 81, Michael Thompson (USA) 73 81, John Rollins (USA) 72 82, Mike Small (USA) 76 78, Matt Kuchar (USA) 72 82, Brendan Jones (Aus) 76 78, Rickie Fowler (USA) 74 80

155 Bud Cauley (USA) 80 75, Nick Watney (USA) 73 82, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 73 82, Alan Morin (USA) 74 81, Jeff Overton (USA) 74 81, Lucas Glover (USA) 77 78, Darrell Kestner (USA) 75 80, Shaun Micheel (USA) 72 83, Brandt Snedeker (USA) 77 78

156 Spencer Levin (USA) 78 78, Danny Balin (USA) 77 79, Roger Chapman (Eng) 78 78, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 76 80

157 Rod Perry (USA) 75 82, Charlie Wi (Kor) 79 78, Charley Hoffman (USA) 81 76, Ryan Palmer (USA) 71 86, Kelly Mitchum (USA) 76 81, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 77 80

158 Mitch Lowe (USA) 79 79, Kyle Stanley (USA) 80 78, Brian Cairns (USA) 75 83, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 79 79, Tommy Gainey (USA) 77 81

159 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 76 83, Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 76 83

160 D.A. Points (USA) 73 87, Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa) 74 86, Frank Bensel (USA) 84 76, Matt Dobyns (USA) 81 79, Mark Brooks (USA) 78 82

161 Brian Gaffney (USA) 76 85

162 Marty Jertson (USA) 80 82, Brian Davis (Eng) 75 87, Robert Rock (Eng) 76 86, Paul Scaletta (USA) 75 87

163 Corey Prugh (USA) 78 85

164 Paul Casey (Eng) 79 85, Mark Brown (Nzl) 78 86

168 Bill Murchison (USA) 82 86

170 Michael Frye (USA) 79 91

176 Doug Wade (USA) 83 93