KOHLER WI - AUGUST 12: The sun sets as golfers walk the ninth hole during the first round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 12 2010 in Kohler Wisconsin. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
The big story at the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI was a 3 hour delay to the start the tournament due to foggy conditions over the course along Lake Michigan. When the fog finally lifted only the morning half of the draw was able to complete their first round. At the start of the day it seemed birdies were there for the taking, but that soon changed as the winds picked up in the afternoon making the Pete Dye design play much more difficult.
The clubhouse leaders from the morning tee times include USA's Bubba Watson and Francesco Molinari of Italy who both carded -4 under par 68's. Other scores of interest from the morning groups include Charles Howell III at -3, Tiger Woods at -1, Edoardo Molinari (Francesco's brother) at -1, Stuart Appleby at even par, and Paul Casey also at even par. Mark Sheftic and Jason Schmuhl, 2 of the 20 PGA Club Professionals that qualified for the tournament shot 82's.
The other half of the field started their rounds late in the afternoon when the winds were blowing, but as the afternoon turned into evening, the temperature dropped and the winds decreased which offered some late evening scoring opportunities. Play was finally halted a little before 8 pm. Among those still on the course are Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, and Nick Watney who are tied for the lead at -4. Wisconsin's own Steve Stricker is -1, as is Rory McIlroy. Phil Mickelson had an adventurous day saving pars as he sprayed the ball all over the front nine, yet still sits at -1 for the day after birding his last 2 holes before the sun set.
The players still on the course will resume their first rounds at 7 am and upon completion of their first rounds will immediately return to the course to play their second round. Assuming there are no more fog delays Friday morning, the Thursday morning tee time groups will start their second rounds Friday afternoon, which will most likely carry over to Saturday morning.