Trevor keeps his head in the wind

To keep your head while all around you are losing theirs – that approach kept 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman in the hunt after a windy second round of the PGA Championship on Friday.

He carded a level-par 72 in the windy conditions at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina and climbed 32 places on the leaderboad into seventh, three behind leaders Tiger Woods, Carl Pettersson and Vijay Singh.

“It’s brutal out there, I’m not going to lie,” said Immelman as he came off the course. “I just put my head down and tried to get the ball out as fast as I could. I chipped in a couple of times. All in all, it was pretty satisfying.”

Singh signed for a three-under 69 – almost miraculous under the circumstances – while Woods climbed 31 places with his one-under 71 to move to four-under at halfway. Pettersson, the first-round leader was two-over in his second round.

For the rest, it was pretty messy out there, with only two more players joining Woods and Singh in carding under-par rounds.

The South Africans besides Immelman weren’t immune, either: Tim Clark held it together for a 73 to be level for the tournament and in a share of 11th, and he was the best of the rest of the South Africans.

Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els found themselves on three-over, seven strokes off the lead. Schwartzel carded a five-over 77 in the wind, while Els made 75 and was deeply dissatisfied with his putting.

Retief Goosen was four-over after his 75, while Louis Oosthuizen had a seven-over to nosedive 31 spots down the leaderboard in a share of 56th at five-over.

George Coetzee and Thomas Aiken will miss the cut at seven-over as will Branden Grace at nine-over and Rory Sabbatini at 11.

Immelman was able to remain calm amid the carnage, and be analytical about what was happening: “Playing in Ireland and Scotland, playing links golf, you get days like this, but the courses are totally different,” he said.

“Those courses are designed for this type of condition, designed for you to run the ball. There’s no forced carries. There’s no water hazards. There might be a couple burns or something like that for you to deal with, but on this course, even though we are right here at the ocean, there’s a lot of forced carries off the hazards, and when this type of breeze blows, it makes for an interesting day.”

He will take that calmness into the weekend: “We have all had days like this in our careers. We’ve been out here for a long time and there are days like this where you have to grind and try to get to the house as soon as we can. That’s what I was trying to do, just hang tough, and thankfully I did.”

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