KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (Reuters) – Early starters fought to tame Kiawah Island’s wickedly difficult Ocean Course on Friday, as calm situations shortly turned blustery on the second round of the PGA Championship.
A flawless begin despatched South Africa’s Branden Grace rocketing as much as the highest of the leaderboard, with two birdies in his first seven holes after carding a strong, two-under par 70 within the first round. His compatriot Christiaan Bezuidenhout was only one stroke behind after an eagle on the par-five seven.
Canadian Corey Conners’ in a single day lead eroded as he stumbled into 5 bogeys within the first six holes beginning off the again 9, with a pair of birdies the one remnant of his easy, five-under par first-round efficiency.
Competitors got a quick respite from the course’s wind-whipped situations, however the wind picked up as the morning wore on, as opponents loved sunny and gentle 74 diploma Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) climate.
Elsewhere on the day, world quantity three Jon Rahm’s early stellar play – with two birdies to start out the day – turned disastrous as he landed within the water on 17 for a double-bogey.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; writing by Amy Tennery; Editing by Hugh Lawson)