ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Early in his rain-soaked round,
With gloves on both hands, he looked a bit like a boxer. That seemed fitting, given the
On a day when
"I struggled these first two days for sure," Mickelson said. "Playing with
Woods drove the green on the 321-yard, par-four 14th and promptly three-putted for par, symbolic of his round. He also three-putted No. 16 for bogey and bogeyed the difficult 18th.
"I didn't hit it anywhere near as well as I did [Thursday]," Woods said. "Consequently, I didn't have that many looks. When I did, I missed my share too."
Mickelson enlisted swing coach Butch Harmon for a late-evening practice session after Thursday's opening round and said he did drive better. But he struggled with his iron play and putting.
"It's just a little bit off," Mickelson said. "I feel it can turn around in a second. But I struggled on the greens. I was over-reading most every putt. And I really struggled fading the ball. Consequently, I had trouble getting the ball working to the left pins and left myself a lot of long putts."
As soon as the rain stopped and Rose donned a fresh glove, the reigning
"I felt like I could start playing some golf instead of trying to survive," Rose said.
It showed with a spectacular 29 on his final side, the front nine, en route to a 66. Rose is six under overall, three shots off the lead.
"We probably went through five or six towels on the [first] nine, and there were still times I hit shots with wet hands," Rose said. "But I feel like my game suits the tougher courses."
The magic didn't return 10 years later. Shaun Micheel, whose seven-iron to two inches on the 72nd hole at Oak Hill in 2003 won him the PGA, didn't survive the cut at 12 over. Other prominent names going home were