What they said at the PGA Championship
By Jim Brighters, Senior Golf Editor
Kiawah Island, SC (Sports Network) - Tiger Woods is in familiar territory.
He shares the second-round lead of the PGA Championship at 4-under par.
Woods has 14 majors in his illustrious career. Until the 2009 PGA Championship, Woods never lost when he held the 54-hole lead in a major, but this year, there have been some poor weekend performances in golf's big four.
Woods held a piece of the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open at Olympic Club. He went 75-73 on the weekend and tied for 21st.
In fact, Woods hasn't broken par on the weekend in any of the three majors this year.
But Woods has become a "glass half-full" kind of a guy in his major outlook.
"As far as the last couple majors, hey, I'm right there with a chance, and that's -- I like that," said Woods. "So I'm playing better to where I'm going to give myself chances in major championships, I'm right there."
Here's what other players were saying after the second round of The PGA Championship:
- VIJAY SINGH, who is tied with Woods for the lead, on when his season turned around: "I finally started to believe that I could do what I'm doing on the driving range. A little tweak to my golf swing during the British Open kind of helped, as well."
- CARL PETTERSSON, the first-round leader, who is the third man tied for the lead, on the long rounds Friday: "They are long rounds, but that's why I go to the gym every day. I haven't seen a gym in years."
- RORY MCILROY, who is two off first, on strategy on windy days like Friday: "You can't get aggressive with this weather. You don't even care where the pin is, you just try to hit it on the green somewhere."
- ERNIE ELS, the Open Champion, on his thoughts on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island: "I'd like it more if I was making frigging putts. But I like it. I'm hitting the ball really well. I mean, I'm hitting it as good as I did at Lytham. Great layout. I think Pete Dye is a genius. Some really difficult holes on the back nine. The front nine is the scoring nine."
- PHIL MICKELSON, who shot a 1-under 71 to get to even, on why you can't play the wind at Kiawah like you can at an Open Championship: "The ground is not wet so it's not running and more than that, up by the green, it all goes away. There are hills in front that will stop the ball from going on. So playing it along the ground is not an option. You've got to go through the air and you've got to tackle these crosswinds and it's difficult to play through the air."
- GRAEME MCDOWELL, who played in the final pairing on Sunday at the last two majors, after his morning tee time on what to expect in the afternoon: "The course is very, very tough setup today. Someone will score, someone will score like Vijay did this afternoon, but there will also be certain elements of carnage out there."
- PADRAIG HARRINGTON, who is 2-over for the championship, on his response to European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal saying Harrington would have "do really extraordinary well" to make his team: "There certainly isn't very much room for a pick for me. You're looking at obviously Ian Poulter is going to get one and, you know, there's one left. Obviously, I'm not in the reckoning as it stands. I have six rounds. There you go."
- LUKE DONALD, the world No. 1, who missed the cut, on another failed trip to a major championship: "It's just one of those weeks. I actually played decently this week and got nothing out of it."
08/10 21:29:41 ET