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Rain halts play early at PGA Championship

Tiger: 'A Lot Of Bad Shots'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The second round of the PGA Championship was off to a soggy start and a sudden stop Friday.

A steady rain forced officials to suspend the round after just 20 minutes because of too much water on the putting surfaces and fairways. Work crews already were using squeegees on the greens when another burst of showers hit Valhalla.

Play was halted about 45 minutes before Rory McIlroy was to tee off, and as Ryan Palmer was playing the first hole.

Palmer, Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell shared the first-round lead at 6-under 65. Palmer was the only one of the leaders to play Friday morning. McIlroy was among those one shot behind.

It already was shaping up as a long day.

Play resumed after 45 minutes, but with more rain in the forecast, it was unlikely the second round would be completed Friday. Tiger Woods, in 109th place and in danger of missing the cut at the PGA for the second time in four years, played in the afternoon.

Adding to the difficulty of a soggy course, players had to contend with mud.

Championship director Kerry Haigh said the ball was to be played as it lies - the players will not be allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls through the green as often happens in regular tour events.

He said no consideration was given to restarting the second round using preferred lies. Once a round begins under one set of conditions, it cannot change. Haigh didn't see the need.

"We are playing the ball down," Haigh said. "Once we start the round, we will not change. Really, there was no consideration to that. The fairways are good. And the Rules of Golf allow for relief if the ball is in casual water."

Rain was in the forecast for most of Friday. While it would soften the greens, it would make the course longer.

Palmer came up short of the green from out of the rough on the 504-yard second hole, though he pitched to 2 feet to save par. He opened with three straight pars to stay in a share of the lead.

McIlroy typically enjoys soft conditions. That was the case at Firestone last week, and he said he was "licking his lips" when he saw the course. McIlroy rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the World Golf Championship, his first tournament since a wire-to-wire victory at Royal Liverpool in the British Open.

McIlroy won his first major at rain-softened Congressional in the 2011 U.S. Open with a record score of 16-under 268.

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harleyrider055 August 08 2014 at 2:26 PM

poor little over rated tiger boo hoo

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forrestpower harleyrider055 August 08 2014 at 4:08 PM

In what way is he overrated? He was the 2013 PGA Player of the Year! It's only a matter of time when he finds his game again after having surgery and he has plenty of time to win more majors. Perhaps you need to keep up with the sport before you post.

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eurocardriver000 harleyrider055 August 08 2014 at 9:26 PM

Hey forrestpower... You need to grow some serious brain cells you troll !!!! Eldrick is washed up. He's nothing but a big cry baby if he's not in the media spot light and winning.

Splash some water on your face and WAKE UP before you post something. Idiot !!!

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quartersone August 08 2014 at 5:39 PM

Wonder if he will claim hurt again this week end after playing badly again ? Guy is a spoiled brat. Suck it up and play you sissy!!!!

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eurocardriver000 August 08 2014 at 9:17 PM

Let's rap to the Eldrick beat:

+1, I'm all done ..... +2, Boo-Hoo-Hoo ..... +3, It's home for me ..... +4, Open the car door

Eldrick, you're all washed up.... Give it up baby !!!!

Hey Watson, if you pick this idiot for the Ryder cup... then you're a total loser as well.

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LewTag August 08 2014 at 3:43 PM

Not many comments interested on this one....me neither..

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Eva Marie August 08 2014 at 4:42 PM

Tiger will never be what he once was. Back surgery changes the way you move. I have had 3 back surgeries and one on the cervical vertebrae in my neck.

I have never been the same since the first surgery. I can no longer play softball, bowl or play volleyball. The pain never goes away. There isn't much chance that Tiger will be comfortable with many of his shots.

It's time to make way for the younger upcoming players like Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Ricky Fowler, Rory Mcllroy, Bubba Watson and more.

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rb August 08 2014 at 5:17 PM

We have seen the best golfer ever and he is Tiger Woods. Age and injury take a toll on everyone, including Tiger. Tiger still can win. Will he break Jack's record in trhe majors? Time will tell, but I wouldn't bet on it.

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amerigom August 09 2014 at 12:47 AM

Can any "golfer" have a bad day? Sure!
and thar's a golfer in good physical condition! ANY physical ondition that is present, can spoil ANY shot. Playing Professionl Golf; is not child's play, you NEED every part of your body, in perfect condition to make perfect shots! Tiger Woods, WAS a Perfect golfer; when is body was perfect. When you are in the lime-light,
every mistake is modified! You can get applause for your good shots; BUT, your mistakes are blown out of proportion! In Tiger Woods Case; His personal; (Not so private), life, has tainted his Golf Life! "Hollywood" actors are glorified for their "private lives"! What is the difference?

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