PGA Championship 2012 Leaderboard Day 2: What Tiger Woods Must Do to Climb Board

Luis BatlleContributor IAugust 10, 2012

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - AUGUST 09: Tiger Woods of the United States gestures after finishing the 12th hole during Round One of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 9, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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This 14-time major-championship winner and 10-time PGA Player of the Year is 54 holes away from his fifth PGA Championship.

The 2012 PGA Championship at The Ocean Course is set to be a thriller, and Tiger Woods is the major headliner at the tournament.

With several adjustments to Woods' game and some continued success in certain aspects of it, as well, Woods is the player that will take this tourney's top honors in stunning fashion.

However, it is these particular aspects of his game that Woods must take into account if he expects to dominate the leaderboard. 


Improve Putting On Last 6 Holes

Tiger Woods had himself a roller coaster of a first round when it came to the final six holes of the PGA Championship.

On holes 13 through 18, Woods posted two birdies, two bogeys and two pars. He was unable to get any sort of rhythm, and as a result he is three shots behind the leader.

Fans must certainly take note of the fact that it was an especially solid start for Woods.

Yet if he wants to make a stronger showing in Round 2, clutch late-round play with the putter is a must.


Keep Taking Chances

The British Open is exactly the story Tiger Woods does not wish to live through again.

After getting by with strong yet conservative golf through three rounds, Woods finally decided start taking chances in the final round at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

And it was this strategy that had the golf legend down and out.

The three-over-par hole came at no surprise whatsoever. Woods was trying to push the tempo after failing to so do for 54 holes. He has never won a major in which he has had to come from behind, so starting to take risks early is essential.

Early is also when this talent is at his best.

Woods' score of three-under par in the first round came as a result of making the most of his strong drives and solid approaches to greens. He hit pars on just half his holes and scored a birdie or bogey on every other hole in the round.


Continue Dominating Front 9

Woods was two-under par on the day at this year's PGA Championship, and it is that kind of hot start to a round that gets this talent going.

Golf's most dominant force had three birdies in the first nine holes of play Thursday. If not for a fourth-hole bogey, Woods would be tied for seventh place at four-under par.

The Tiger is a beast off his leash when he can get off to strong starts on the front nine. Expect this force to be reckoned with to do just that in Round 2 and begin to climb into the top three.


2012 PGA Championship Leaderboard (for live updated version, visit

Position Golfer Round 1 Score Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Carl Pettersson 66 - - -6 66
T2 Jamie Donaldson 69 -2 6 -5 91
T2 Alexander Noren 67 E 1 -5 71
T2 Gonzalo Fernandez-Casta 67 - - -5 67
T2 Gary Woodland 67 - - -5 67
T2 Rory McIlroy 67 - - -5 67
T7 Graeme McDowell* 68 E 2 -4 77
T7 Scott Piercy* 68 E 2 -4 77
T7 John Daly 68 - - -4 68
T7 Geoff Ogilvy 68 - - -4 68
T7 Keegan Bradley 68 - - -4 68
T7 Joost Luiten 68 - - -4 68