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The Live Report, Round 2

PGATOUR.COM's The Live Report has all the news and notes from the PGA Championship, and we'll be providing updates from Hazeltine all day, so check back often. (All timestamps are Eastern Time.) Staff

TIGER TAKES CONTROL (8:05 p.m.): Tiger Woods started and ended his day the same -- with a bogey. That was about all that went wrong for Woods, though, who shot a 2-under 70 Friday to extend his lead to four shots heading to the weekend.

We've seen this movie before and Woods gets in this position, he almost never loses. All he needed was a solid round today and that's exactly what he got, making one clutch putt after another and hitting it well off the tee and into the green (he ranks fourth in fairways and leads the field in greens in regulation). A total of 38 times in his career he has led after 36 holes. He's closed the deal 32 times. In majors, he's a perfect 8-for-8 when in the lead going to the weekend.

There are a number of big-time players -- Vijay Singh, Lucas Glover, Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood -- four and five shots back. But they might as well be 14 or 15 shots back, at least that's what it feels like, except to Woods.

"It was a tough day all around," Woods told TNT. "The wind was blustery, the greens were a little bumpy."

If Woods thought Friday was tough, what's that say about the rest of the field's chances? In all, Woods made five birdies and three bogeys. Yes, he left a couple of shots out there with those bogeys, but his three straight birdies last Friday were claissc Woods, even if he downplayed it.

"You just plod along and see what happens," Woods said. "That's what I did today."

Sunday, he might just win. -- Brian Wacker

GARCIA COMMITS TO WYNDHAM (7:55 p.m.): The Wyndham Championship picked up another big name when Sergio Garcia committed to play in next week’s event after missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Garcia, who shot 71-78 at Hazeltine, is ranked No. 6 in the world. He’s 114th in the FedExCup standings, though, and the Wyndham Championship is the final event to earn points before the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup begin.

Garcia last played in Greensboro in 2005 when he tied for 13th at Forest Oaks Country Club. The Wyndham Championship has since moved to Sedgefield Country Club where Garcia, then a 19-year-old amateur, tied for third in 1998 at the Greensboro Open on what is now the Nationwide Tour.  

Adam Scott, who ranks 110th in the FedExCup, also has committed. He last played in Greensboro in 2005 and tied for 64th. -- Helen Ross 

PRESIDENTS CUP CONTENDERS (7:35 p.m.): Tim Clark and Rory Sabbatini, who rank Nos. 8 and 9 in the International Team standings for The Presidents Cup are making it hard for anyone else to play their way onto the team.

Both played well on Friday and are well within the cut line. Clark shot a 68 and stands even par for the tournament while Sabbatini has played his first 17 holes in 2 under and is also tied at even.

"I needed to play a good round today to get back, just to make the cut really," Clark said. "Yeah, it's a big bonus for me to be around on the weekend and hopefully I can continue to play decent. But yeah, that's obviously a main goal of mine this year is to make The Presidents Cup." 

Of the hopefuls, only Brendan Jones is higher on the leaderboard. The Aussie who plays most of his golf in Japan is tied for third at 3 under. He's currently 20th in the standings and needed a solo third to overtake Sabbatini -- had the South African missed the cut.

Now, the best Jones can likely hope for is to impress International Captain Greg Norman -- and a win come Sunday would be quite the eye-opener. The 10 automatic qualifiers for the U.S. and International teams are finalized after the PGA is over. Norman and his U.S. counterpart, Fred Couples, will complete their teams with two Captain's Picks on Sept. 8. -- Helen Ross

THREE IN A ROW (7:28 p.m.): We're only halfway through the 91st PGA Championship and what was once a four-way tie just a couple of hours is starting to look like a one-man show. That one man, of course, is Tiger Woods, who has birdied each of his last three holes to get to 3 under on the day and 8 under for the week, four shots ahead of Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood. -- Brian Wacker

SCOTT'S STRUGGLES CONTINUE (7:05 p.m.): Adam Scott had a eminently forgettable week at Hazeltine, shooting rounds of 82 and 79 to miss his ninth cut in 16 starts on TOUR this year.

“I have never putted so badly in my life," said Scott, who took 70 putts in two rounds, including 38 on Thursday. "It’s the worst I have ever putted. Its really frustrating. I was one of the most consistent players out there earlier this year and I’m not even close to that right now. I know what I have to do. I need to work on what I believe is right.”

Toward that end, Scott will be making a rare appearance in Greensboro, N.C., next week to compete in the Wyndham Championship. The tournament is the last one before the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Aussie would like nothing better than to improve his standing -- which was 110th entering the PGA.

Scott last played in the Wyndham Championship in 2005, tying for 64th at Forest Oaks Country Club. The tournament is now played at Sedgefield Country Club. -- Helen Ross

NOT SO EASY (6:50 p.m.): It was a good news-bad news kind of day for Ernie Els. And in the end, the good outweighed the bad as he shot 68 to move to 1 under for the tournament.

"My putting has gone cold again, unfortunately," said Els, who needed 62 strokes with the flat stick to negotiate the first two rounds. "But the positive is I'm really swinging well, hitting the ball really well."

Els shot 32 on the front Friday and had a bogey-free round until he came to the 18th hole. He's only had one real disaster, though, a triple bogey at the par-3 eighth in the first round, so the big South African couldn't be too displeased.

"Getting really tricky," Els said. "The last half an hour they started setting up, the wind. So it's going to be tricky for the guys. Some of the greens are soft and some are firm. It's a bit inconsistent. It's going to be tricky for the guys." -- Helen Ross

CUT CHECK (6:25 p.m.): There is good news for Phil Mickelson -- not to mention a host of other notable players. The cut line has just moved to 4 over and if it stays there that means Mickelson will be around for the weekend, and he will avoid missing the cut in the PGA for the first time since 1995.

Others now inside the cut line include Aaron Baddeley, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, Chad Campbell and Paul Goydos. All in that group, it should be noted though, are still on the golf course, so stay tuned. -- Brian Wacker

LIFE IN HIS 20s (6:15 p.m.): Lucas Glover is chasing history with his 30th birthday coming up in November. He is trying to become just the sixth player to ever win two majors in the same season while in their 20s. Below is the list of players he would join. -- Mark Stevens

Player Years won two majors in 20s
Tiger Woods 2000, 2002, 2005
Tom Watson 1977
Jack Nicklaus 1963, 1966
Gene Sarazen 1922
Bobby Jones 1926, 1930

TOGETHER, AGAIN? (6:15 p.m.): If Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington hold onto the top two spots of the leaderboard after Friday's second round, they will be paired together again Saturday.

It would also be the fourth consecutive round -- going back to Sunday's final round at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational -- that Woods and Harrington will have been paired together.

That would be a first for Woods.

While he has played three consecutive rounds with the same player, Woods has never played four rounds -- at least on the PGA TOUR in any given year -- with the same player.

In 1999, he played with Tim Herron four times in a five-round stretch spanning the Masters and the MCI Classic.

In 2000, Woods played with a guy named David in each of his rounds on his way to a win at the British Open (David Gossett in the first two rounds, David Toms in the third round and David Duval in the final round).

And In 2001, Woods went through a stretch of 10 rounds in which he played six times with Jim Carter.

Until this week, the last time Woods had played the first two rounds of a TOUR event with the same player that he was paired with in the final round of the previous event was in 2004. He was paired with John Cook in the final round at the Wachovia Championship, and then played the first two rounds with Cook and Chris Couch at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. -- Mike McAllister

QUIROS ON 11 (6 p.m.): Yesterday, Alvaro Quiros raised more than a few eyebrows -- including those of Tiger Woods -- by reaching the 606-yard 11th hole in two. When he did, Woods and Padraig Harrington were on the green wondering where the shot came from. Quiros, of course.

Today, Quiros smashed another drive well down the fairway. This time, though, with 270 yards to the front (and into the wind), Quiros came up short, finding a greenside bunker. And yes, he hit driver off the deck again. -- Brian Wacker

FISHER CATCHING FIRE (5:45 p.m.): Very quietly, Ross Fisher continues to put together a very solid season, especially in some of the game's biggest events.

Fisher, who reached the consolation match of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and finished fifth at the U.S. Open, is in contention again this week. Through 14 holes today, Fisher is 5 under with five birdies and no bogeys. Even more impressive is the fact that he's doing this in the difficult afternoon wave.

That has Fisher at 4 under for the tournament and now just one shot back of co-leaders Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington. Even better is that he doesn't have to worry about getting the call that his wife is in labor, something that was a possibility during the British Open, where he tied for 13th. -- Brian Wacker

TIGER AT THE TURN (5:20 p.m.): Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington have made the turn at Hazeltine and are separated by the same number of strokes -- one -- they were at the start of the day. Until the par-4 10th, that is.

Woods bogeyed the hole, while Harrington made his short par putt to remain at 5 under. They're now tied and two clear of the field with eight holes to play. -- Brian Wacker

TWEET OF THE DAY III (4:45 p.m.): "Sitting on the sofa feet up watching the golf. Diet Coke in hand, Hughie is making me some lunch, he is keeping us fed this week. Good man." -- Ian Poulter (@ianjamespoulter)

Who knew that after a wind-whipped morning on Hazeltine that Poulter would hit the couch and watch the golf on television. It's not a bad idea, though, because it'll give Poulter an idea of how the course is playing. Golf is the one sport where watching it afterward could give you some clues that will help you later in the week.

Poulter, by the way, is in contention again after shooting 70 to get to 2 under heading to the weekend. -- Brian Wacker

TIGER BACK ON TOP (4:25 p.m.): Tiger Woods got off to a slow start with a bogey on the first hole when he failed to get up-and-down from just to the right of the green, but he's since rebounded with a birdie on the sixth hole to get back to even par. That also puts him back in the lead by himself at 5 under with Padraig Harrington one shot back, right where they started the day.

Graeme McDowell and Alvaro Quiros, each of whom had a share of the lead briefly with Woods and Harrington at 4 under, have since each since dropped a shot and fallen back to 3 under. -- Brian Wacker

LATER, HOLMES (4:10 p.m.): J.B. Holmes withdrew from the 91st PGA Championship on Friday due to an injury to his left hand. He was on the 13th hole, which was his fourth of the day, when he decided he couldn't finish.

Holmes, who shot 76 in the first round, is the third player to withdraw since the tournament got under way on Thursday. John Daly withdrew Thursday with a back injury after shooting 78. Paul Casey withdrew about an hour prior to the start of his first round Thursday morning due to a nagging rib injury and was replaced in the field by Tim Petrovic. -- Helen Ross

MORE FROM MICKELSON (4:05 p.m.): Right now, it sounds like Phil Mickelson is more sure of his future schedule than he is whether he'll be around the rest of the weekend or what's going on with his putting stroke.

Mickelson said he plans to play The Barclays in two weeks from now and that things with his wife, Amy, and mother, Mary, are OK. As for today, it was another frustrating round.

"I'm not going to beat many people putting the way I am," Mickelson said. "I felt I hit it better, but I've got to get this thing turned around.

"I think the struggling on the greens is carrying over a little bit into maybe my focus on some other shots. But I don't feel I'm hitting it bad. But I am hitting some bad shots. I'm having trouble scoring right now." -- Brian Wacker

WINDS OF CHANGE (3:49 p.m.): There are still a number of folks who think this is Tiger Woods' tournament to lose (and he doesn't lose tournaments), but he and the rest of the afternoon wave are experiencing some pretty tough conditions with the wind howling at Hazeltine. As a result, we've seen some movement on the leaderboard.

Graeme McDowell and Alvaro Quiros have both pulled even with Woods and playing partner Padraig Harrington at 4 under, meaning we now have a four-way tie for the lead. Also making a move is Ross Fisher, who birdied three of his first four holes to get to 3 under on the day and 2 under on the week.

Overall, the leaderboard is shaping up to be an extremely strong one, too, with major winners Woods, Harrington, Singh, Glover and Ernie Els all within three of each other. Ian Pouter and Lee Westwood are right there, too. -- Brian Wacker

GLOVER STAYS IN CONTENTION (3:25 p.m.): Lucas Glover said it best when he told the media after his round of even-par 70 that he felt like he left a few out there, especially on No. 9, which he bogeyed. But if you told him before the tournament started that he'd have 10 birdies through two rounds, he would have taken it.

"I played well. Just defense wasn't as good as my offense," said Glover, who is 3 under through two rounds. "I have to pick my spots better and play safer on some of the holes."

Not that Glover, who won an incredibly difficult U.S. Open, would mind seeing conditions continue to be tough. "I've played my best golf this year on hard golf courses," he said. -- Brian Wacker

SUBDUED SCORING (3:10 p.m.): There is still a lot of golf left here in the second round of the PGA Championship, but don't expect to see many low scores (which seems to be the theme of the day). Of the players who are already in, only two of them -- Ernie Els and Tim Clark -- have managed to break 70.

Els carded a 68, making five birdies and just one bogey on the par-4 finishing hole. Clark did the same, though Els is in better position at 1 under overall and Clark even par through the first 36 holes. -- Brian Wacker

TIGER, PADDY TEE OFF (2:55 p.m.): The day's final group of Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and the most overlooked guy in the group, Rich Beem, have teed off on No. 1 at Hazeltine.

 Woods found the rough off the tee and wasn't able to hit the green on his approach, leaving it short and right with a pitch to a shortside pin over a bunker. In fact, all three players missed the green, but only Harrington was able to get up-and-down for par.

For Woods, it was his first bogey of the tournament and drops him into a tie with Harrington at 4 under. Both Woods' and Beem's putts came up short and as much as the wind is affecting the ball in the air, it's going to affect it on the ground, too. -- Brian Wacker

MICKELSON'S MESSY DAY (2:45 p.m.): Phil Mickelson's second round here at Hazeltine went a lot like his first. In fact, he shot the same 74 that he did on Thursday, making four bogeys, a double bogey and just two birdies. He also made an eagle, though, on the par-5 seventh and without that he'd have virtually no shot of making the cut.

As it is, Mickelson is still two shots off the current cut line, but with afternoon scores expected to be high in windblown conditions, it's certainly possible the cut line could move as many as two strokes. Should Mickelson miss the cut at the PGA, which he won at Baltusrol in 2005 and has finished in the top 10 seven other times, it would be the first time he's done so since 1995 at Riviera of all places. -- Brian Wacker

Below is a look at Mickelson's scorecards from the first two rounds.


TWEET OF THE DAY II (2:30 p.m.): "It is always annoying to bogey the last hole. At least I have the sanctuary of the family dining buffet to help me de-grumpy myself ... To the journalists I walked past, sorry. My answers would have been tainted by my grumpy attitude and may not have been appropriate." -- Geoff Ogilvy (@geoffogilvy) on his bogey on the par-4 ninth, which Vijay Singh also bogeyed not long ago as well.

That bogey resulted in a round of 73 for ogilvy, who is even par for the week and still in good position just five back. Ogilvy's politeness and accessibility is always a birdie or eagle. He's one of the nicest and well-spoken players on the PGA TOUR. A bogey on the final hole of the day, though, will leave a sour taste in a lot of player's mouths. And no, I was not one of those two journalists he walked past. -- Brian Wacker

THE OTHER B. JONES (2:20 p.m.): Remember Brendan Jones? He was the sacrificial lamb at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship who had to play Tiger Woods in the first round. Jones had never met Woods, who went on to win 3 and 2 in his return to competition after missing eight months due to ACL surgery.

But the way Jones is playing in the PGA Championship, the two might meet again. The Aussie, who plays most of his golf in Japan, is 2 under through 17 holes in the second round at Hazeltine and 3 under for the tournament. That puts him just two strokes behind the game's No. 1, who tees off at 2:45 p.m. ET.

Jones is in the midst of a good run, too. He nearly won his ninth Japan Tour event two weeks ago but was beaten by a birdie on the 72nd hole by Ryo Ishikawa. Jones is playing in his third PGA and looking to make his first cut. -- Helen Ross

SINGH STUMBLES IN (2:05 p.m.): Of all the majors, Vijay Singh has had the most success at the PGA Championship, which he's won twice, the latest of which came in 2004 at Whistling Straits, and finished in the top 10 four times (two of which were top-5s).

Despite a bogey on his final hole of the day -- the 432-yard ninth -- the defending FedExCup champion is in contention again going to the weekend after an even-par 72 today that has him at 3 under after 36 holes.

Singh said he was happy with his round, but a little disappointed that he left some putts out there, missing a couple of short ones and putting himself in tough spots.

"You get on the wrong side of the hole, you're going to have trouble," Singh told TNT after his round.

Still, Singh shouldn't be too disappointed. He won't wilt in the Tiger Woods shadow and has played some strong golf the last 2-3 months after a sluggish start to his year that included a return from early-season knee surgery.

Woods won't tee off for another 40 minutes, but it certainly wouldn't be a surprise to see Singh right there with him on the leaderboard by the end of the day. -- Brian Wacker

NO GOING LOW (1:55 p.m.): Scanning the leaderboard right now, you'd be hard-pressed to find a lot of numbers in the red. At the moment, there are 16 players on the course who are under par on their rounds today.

That means the rounds of 2 under by Brendan Jones and U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover are looking awfully good. Vijay Singh, just one ahead of those two and one behind Tiger Woods, is finishing off a round of 1 under as we speak, too.

In other words, even though Woods and Padraig Harrington won't tee off for nearly an hour, all those aforementioned names should be at or near the top of the leaderboard when the day is over because the wind won't allow them not to be. -- Brian Wacker

BOGEYS PILING UP FOR PHIL (1:30 p.m.): So much for that late-day putting session for Phil Mickelson yesterday. Unfortunately, it looks like there will be no near-miracle for Mickelson the way there was at the U.S. Open two months ago.

A day after struggling with the flat stick, Mickelson isn't playing any better today -- he's 4 over on his round with four bogeys, a double bogey and just one birdie. That has Mickelson at 6 over for the tournament and possibly headed home with the cut line currently sitting at 2 over. That number is sure to go up here in the afternoon, but Mickelson's number might go up before his day is done, too -- though he does have some birdieable holes upcoming on the front nine with four holes to play. -- Brian Wacker

TWEET OF THE DAY (1:18 p.m.): "Startling thought: Glover tied for third. A win and he joins Sarazen, Hogan, Jack and Tiger as only guys to win Open and PGA in same year. -- Dan Jenkins of Golf Digest (@danjenkinsgd).

That is a startling thought, indeed. Remember, it was just three years ago that Glover, who Paul Azinger badly wanted to pick for his Ryder Cup team, played his way out of the captain's pick choices and out of contention with closing rounds of 74-77-72 at the 2006 PGA Championship.

Glover did go on to nab a couple of top-10s later that year, but never really lived up to expectation after that with just three top-10s in all of 2007 and only two last year.

How times have changed. Glover proved steely in his U.S. Open victory, has three other top-10s this year and is completely comfortable in his own skin as a major champion who, now that he has one major on the resume, could find it much easier to win a second or third.

Glover continues to be steady today, playing his first 14 holes in 2 under to stay in contention and near the top of the leaderboard. -- Brian Wacker

EAGLE FOR JONES (1 p.m.): One of the three eagles today on the par-5 14th hole came from Aussie Brendan Jones. More importantly, that brings Jones to 2 under for the day and 3 under for the week with four holes to play in his round. -- Brian Wacker

A HOLE DIFFERENT STORY (12:40 p.m.): Just how much different is Hazeltine playing today compared to yesterday? Well, Thursday the longest course in major championship history played to a stroke average of 74.250, which is 2 and 1/4 strokes over par. Today, it's playing nearly a half-stroke harder already at 74.696. With the wind expected to pick up through the afternoon and the course getting firmer and crustier, that number should continue to climb north.

As for the most difficult hole, it's the 518-yard, par-4 12th again today, which has yielded five birdies, 30 pars and 20 bogeys while playing to an average of 4.468. The 182-yard par-3 17th ranks second and the 490-yard par-4 first the third-most difficult.

The easiest hole? the 572-yard par-5 seventh, which has already given up two eagles and 60 birdies while playing to an average of 4.614. The next easiest holes are the 352-yard par-4 14th and the 642-yard par-5 15th. -- Brian Wacker

BOMBERS' DISMAY (12:18 p.m.): Hazeltine National, at 7,674 yards, is the longest course in major championship history, but it hardly seems to be an advantage for the PGA TOUR's top bombers. At least thus far.

Of the top 10 players in driving distance this year, six are in the field this week. Collectively, they were 17-over par in the first round, with none of the six able to break par Thursday. Dustin Johnson's even-par 72 was the best score out of the six.

Angel Cabrera is turning in a nice round Friday, but big-hitting Americans such as Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman are on their way to missing the cut.

Conversely, European long-ball hitters are having some success here this week. Alvaro Quiros, who leads the European Tour in driving distance, is 3 under for the week and will tee off in a little more than an hour from now, while long-hitting Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy are also in contention at 2 and 1 under, respectively. -- Mike McAllister

LUCAS RISING (12:07 p.m.): With three birdies (negated by one bogey) in his last five holes, U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover has moved into the top 10 on the leaderboard. Not to get ahead of ourselves -- OK, we will -- but if Glover manages to win this week, someone may have to do some explaining to him if he doesn't win Player of the Year honors. -- Mike McAllister

VIJAY ON THE MOVE (11:52 a.m.): It has been a fairly forgettable year for defending FedExCup champion Vijay Singh, with just three top-10 finishes in 18 starts, with no wins. It has been even more frustrating in the first three majors this year, with his best finish a T27 at Bethpage Black.

But he seems to be settling in nicely as a contender this week. Singh has made the turn Friday at 1 under for his round, 4 under for the tournament, just one stroke off Tiger Woods' pace.

Remember that it was in August last year that Singh found his game and roared to the FedExCup title. Perhaps he's in the process of jump-starting his 2009 season this week. -- Mike McAllister

THE HEAT IS ON (11:40 a.m.): It's going to be a hot one at Hazeltine on Friday -- and the players teeing off in the afternoon had better watch out. Winds from the southwest will increase by noon with gusts in excess of 25 mph possible. Temperatures will be in the lower 90s, too.

Similarly windy conditions are in the forecast for Saturday with a 20 percent chance of a late afternoon shower or thunderstorm. The likelihood increases to 60 percent on Sunday as a cold front pushes through the area, but the winds will only be in the 8-15 mph range as the leaders tee off in pursuit of the Wanamaker Trophy. -- Helen Ross

COURSE CHANGES (11:30 a.m.): Three of Hazeline's four par 3s have been slightly lengthened for Friday's second round while the 13th will play 45 yards shorter at 203. Five yards has been added to No. 3 (215 total), three to No. 8 (182) and six to No. 17 (188)

The par-4 12th hole will be played at 501 yards, which is 17 shorter than on the scorecard, while No. 14 will play 53 yards shorter at 299 yards. -- Helen Ross

HOT START (11:25 a.m.): Last month, Angel Cabrera, who earlier this year won the Masters, talked about how winning two majors gave him a lot of confidence and how much that helps when he plays in big tournaments.

There certainly seems to be a lot of truth to that with Cabrera tying for 14th at THE PLAYERS Championship, tying for 24th at the British Open and tying for fourth at last week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Now that momentum seems to be carrying over to Hazeltine, where Cabrera has four birdies through his first six holes today.

If not for a 76 yesterday, Cabrera would be higher than a tie for 28th at the moment. Still, Cabrera, who tied for 20th at last year's PGA, is in good position with the entire front nine still left to play and his game well-suited to windy, difficult conditions. -- Brian Wacker

MORE ON MICKELSON (11:20 a.m.): If Phil Mickelson plays his way back into the tournament today after shooting 74 in the opening round, people will look to the birdie that he made on No. 12 as being the catalyst. Certainly an early birdie on the hardest hole on the golf course is a great way to jump-start a round. But perhaps it was the four footer for par on the next hole that really got things going.
Phil made a couple of careless bogeys and a sloppy double bogey in the first round that could all be blamed on the flat stick. His 34 putts in the opening round was an unthinkably high total for Lefty who averages just over 28 putts per round on the year. The key to keeping that total down is to be efficient on the short putts. He has shown early on Friday that whatever argument he and old faithful were having on Thursday has been resolved on Friday. Who says that putters don't have karma? -- John Maginnes

WIND BLOWING, COURSE TOUGHENING (11:10 a.m.): The wind has already picked up at Hazeltine, where the scores aren't as low this morning as they were yesterday. And it's only going to get tougher as the day goes on.

Here's a good picture of how strong the wind is today: Anthony Kim, playing the 475-yard 18th -- his ninth hole of the day -- swung his fairway wood so hard on his approach shot that his back leg kicked out and up into the air. You don't do that unless you're trying to hit it basically as hard as you can. That's what Kim did and on not a terribly long hole that was playing dead into the wind. -- Brian Wacker

EARLY MOVERS (10:57 a.m.): Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington, who sit 1-2 on the leaderboard, won't tee off for another almost three hours, but a few players are trying to take advantage of early tee times -- the same way Woods and Harrington did yesterday.

One of those players is Ian Poulter, who is 2 under through five holes this morning after an even-par round yesterday. Geoff Ogilvy and Lucas Glover are also under par today and 2 under for the week.

Tim Clark and Angel Cabrera have the best rounds going today at 3 under, but they each have some ground to make up after shooting 76s yesterday. -- Brian Wacker

SHOT OF THE WEEK? (10:40 a.m.): The 11th hole here at Hazeltine measures 606 yards, and it was playing even longer than that yesterday with the wind blowing into the players' faces. Not that it prevented Alvaro Quiros from reaching the green or anything. When Tiger Woods has a look of amazement on his face, you know the shot is something special and it was generating a lot of buzz among Woods and others yesterday.

"You know how big that is?" Woods said in bewilderment. "What is this hole playing? 606 into the wind. Tee shot's uphill. Yeah."

Yeah indeed. Woods and Padraig Harrington were on the green when Quiros' shot trickled its way on.

"I first thought that somebody must have chipped out and hit the third shot up there," Harrington said. "When I inquired who was playing behind and it was Alvaro, I said that's got to be two of the biggest hits ever in golf.
"There couldn't be anybody playing the game competitively who could have knocked it up there on 2 today. It was phenomenal. To hit it on that green ... We were all greatly amused by the fact that there was a player out there who can actually hit a ball like that."

Woods was equally mystified.

"He apologized," Woods said. "I said, 'Nothing to apologize for. That's a hell of a shot.'"

It was a hell of a round, too. Quiros made six birdies (and three bogeys) on his way to shooting a 69, which puts him just two back of Woods going into today.

"It was something that I'm trying. Normally I don't try it but today I was comfortable and it works," said Quiros, who estimated the shot at "about 265 meters" and admitted that he couldn't even see Woods and Harrington on the green he was so far back.

This won't be the last you see of Quiros, either. He has all the talents of a star in the making and from the sound of it, will be on the PGA TOUR full-time next season. -- Brian Wacker

PHIL FRUSTRATED (10:30 a.m.): Phil Mickelson did something yesterday that he almost never does -- he went straight to the practice green after his round. After missing a half-dozen makeable putts in yesterday's 74, Mickelson was clearly frustrated with his short game so he went to work until it was dark.

Whether Mickelson went back to his hotel and night putted we don't know, but we do know this: That 74 was the third-worst opening round score in a major of his career.

"I haven't putted this bad in a long time," Mickelson said. "You cannot win golf tournaments putting like that."

One of the things Mickelson has been working on is getting the putter to square up and release more, rather than dragging it through, which he's done pretty much his whole career. "I just gotta get used to it," Mickelson added. "I feel like I'm throwing five, six, seven shots away on the greens."

So far today, Mickelson is even par with a pair of pars on his first two holes. One advantage Mickelson will have today is his early tee time, which should allow him to take advantage of what are ideal scoring conditions right now.

"The greens are great," Mickelson said. "David Toms, my playing partner, made a lot of putts. They're out there. I just wasn't one of the guys doing it." -- Brian Wacker

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