Quiet start for Charl in PGA

It was a quiet start by Charl Schwartzel in the opening round of the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, but his two-under-par 70 kept him in touch with leader Carl Pettersson.

Schwartzel and Oosthuizen were four strokes behind the Swede, who carded his first-ever sub-70 round in 21 tries at the PGA Championship.

And, on a day during which the winds at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, were nothing more than a slight nuisance, and on which the sun shone, there was a four-way tie for second on five-under which included a bouncy-again Rory McIlroy.

For Schwartzel, it was a good enough start, but it also showed him that the turnaround represented by his superb final round in last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was indeed a harbinger.

He was hardly verbose as he left the course, commenting only that he hoped to keep things going. “I didn’t have a number in mind,” he said. “You never know what a good number is, and there was quite a breeze out there.”

He also pointed out that if the wind stays down – as it did for much of the opening round – then the Ocean Course was there for the taking. “If there’s no wind, it’s not that difficult,” he said, “and if it comes up the way it is now, it’s a challenge.”

He turned in three-under after birdies on three, four and eight, but bogeys on 10, 17 and 18 rather spoiled the birdies he made on 15 and 16.

Oosthuizen, too had a card which mingled birdies and drops: He turned in 32, which included a drop on two, and three bogeys and a birdie on his homeward nine saw him finish in a share of 25th with Schwartzel.

McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain and Alex Noren of Sweden each had 67, while the large group of eight on 68 included Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley – as well as a surprising John Daly. Tiger Woods was one of 11 players on three-under.

Trevor Immelman and Tim Clark were on one-under, and Ernie Els was level, as was Thomas Aiken. Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini were one over and Branden Grace has work to do if he is to make the cut after his two-over.

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