Fast start puts Petterrson in front at PGA

Aug. 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Carl Pettersson birdied three of his first four holes Thursday and otherwise avoided trouble to grab a 1-stroke lead after one round of the PGA Championship.

The Swede finished with a 6-under-par 66 at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, S.C., with a scorecard that included six birdies and no bogeys.

"Obviously getting off to a good start was the key to the round," Pettersson said.

The wind at Kiawah Island laid low early in the day, which allowed Pettersson to get off to a fast start. The breeze picked up later in the day, but 44 players still managed to break par.

Rory McIlroy and Gary Woodland were tied for second place at 5-under 67. John Daly and three others were at 4-under.

Tiger Woods was among a crowd at 3-under. Woods birdied his first two holes but had consecutive bogeys on 13 and 14.

Conditions were expected to deteriorate Friday with wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour forecast.

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