Subdued Saturday at Kiawah a welcome reprieve


KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – It was only fitting that fierce Friday gave way to subdued, at least compared to Day 2 at the PGA Championship, Saturday, complete with a birdie to get the day started.

Joost Luiten returned to Kiawah early Saturday morning to complete his second round, and he birdied the 18th hole for a 76. An hour later, Round 3 got under way under clear, breezy skies, and the promise that things couldn’t get much worse.

Winds were forecast to reach 20 mph Saturday afternoon by the time the leaders teed off at 3 p.m., a reprieve from Friday’s gale that featured gusts up to 35 mph.

“It's a links wind, blowing across a golf course that is super soft, with some of the most difficult pins on the course out there,” said Graeme McDowell, who carded a 76 on Friday and is four strokes back. “It's brutal.”

Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh share the lead with Carl Pettersson at 4 under and will head out in the anchor group. Woods and Singh have been paired together 32 times on Tour, with Woods holding a 21-8-3 advantage over the Fijian.