The fog has finally lifted and the morning wave is still on the golf course, with Jason Day and Charles Howell III tied for the lead in the 92d PGA Championship at 4 under par. John Merrick and Kyung-Tae Kim are at 3 under, and Tiger Woods leads a large group at 2 under.
Play was suspended for 3 hours, 10 minutes this morning due to heavy fog blanketing Whistling Straits, with the first groups starting at 10:10 a.m. local time. At 10:53, players on No. 3 couldn't see the flagstick because the fog had temporarily returned to that portion of the golf course, so play was suspended for six more minutes. Since then, the weather hasn't been an issue; it's hot and clear, with more wind blowing off Lake Michigan than earlier in the week.
Woods, who had his worst 72-hole score as a pro last week and isn't the betting favorite this week, wasted no time getting off to a quick start. He holed a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 10 (he started on the back nine), then two-putted from just off the green on the par-5 11th for a second straight birdie. His 8-footer for birdie on the 13th hole tied him for the lead, but a drive into the thick rough to the left of the 15th fairway led to a bogey, his only blemish through 10 holes.
Day has played 15 holes bogey-free, while Howell is 4 under through eight holes.
Because of the long delay, Phil Mickelson is expected to tee off at 6 p.m. EDT. Even if the weather stays good this afternoon, not everyone will finish their first rounds.