Phil, Tiger need to catch up

2006-08-18 17:25

Chicago - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will have some ground to make up when they tee off on Friday afternoon, especially if the birdie fest at the 88th PGA Championship continues for a second day.

Lucas Glover and Chris Riley led the assault on Thursday by shooting 66's on the Medinah Country Club course which proved to be easy pickings for the best players in the world.

Riley picked up on Friday morning where he left off with two birdies on his first three holes to reach seven-under par and seize sole possession of the lead.

Staring on the first tee box, Riley, who has never won a major championship, teed off to a moderately larger gallery and a tougher course on Friday.

"I looked over and I saw two people following me," Riley said after his first round. "They (Woods and Mickelson) probably had 200 000 people following them."

A combination of windless conditions and soft greens made for an abundancy of low scores on Thursday, but the tournament organisers plan to fix that by rolling the greens overnight.

Organisers also hope to put the bite back into the Medinah course with some strategic pin modifications on Friday.

The weather may also be more of a factor on Friday as the Chicago forecast is also predicting rain and possible thunderstorms.

Playing together in a major for only the second time, Woods and Mickelson - the world's two top golfers - shot identical 69's.

They were part of a group of 61 players that broke par, a record for any round in a PGA Championship. There were just 27 players under par on opening day in 2005.


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