KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Others have gotten it lower at times, but Carl Pettersson is in the house with a 6-under-par 66, good for a one-shot lead at the 94th PGA Championship.
Pettersson, who uses a long putter and has never won a major, had a bogey-free first round, and is one shot in front of Gary Woodland and Rory McIlroy, both in with 67.
Joost Luiten, a 26-year-old from the Netherlands, reached 8 under through 14 holes, but bogeyed his last four and shot 68. Among that group is John Daly, Geoff Ogilvy, and Keegan Bradley, the Hopkinton High graduate and last year's PGA winner.
Tiger Woods, paired with Bradley, is another shot back after a 3-under 69.
Players in the morning wave had fairly calm conditions at the Ocean Course, with the wind only starting to pick up in the last few hours. Shorter hitters like David Toms (72) want to see the wind kick up, so it can help dry out a wet golf course and allow tee shots to roll more in the fairway. A wet course plays longer; Toms said he was only getting about two yards of fairway roll with the driver.
11:15 a.m.: The morning wave for the 94th PGA Championship is on the golf course on a sunny, hot day along the South Carolina coast. Most importantly, it's not too windy, and combined with the softness of the Ocean Course because of the rain this week, scoring conditions might be as good right now as they'll be all week.
Many are taking advantage, with 29 of the 78 players out there now under par. Ken Duke and Carl Pettersson share the lead at 4 under, with Gary Woodland, Rory McIlroy, Cameron Tringale, and Joost Luiten a shot back. Duke has played 12 holes, while Pettersson is through eight.
The marquee morning pairing has defending champion Keegan Bradley with Tiger Woods and Martin Kaymer. They've just made the turn from No. 18 to No. 1, with Bradley and Woods at 1 under, and Kaymer 4 over. Bradley started his round birdie-eagle to quickly tie for the lead, but back-to-back bogeys at the 13th and 14th dropped him back. After a birdie at the 15th, Bradley bogeyed No. 18.
Woods just birdied the 18th, and a hot putter (10 putts) has made up for him hitting only four greens in regulation so far.