Johnson managed for the longest time. Even as everyone was succumbing to par, he was at 3 under with a birdie on No. 12. But he dropped a shot on the par-3 13th. His short iron into the 15th hit the green and rolled over the back and into the water. And on the 18th, his fairway bunker shot came out too strong and over the green, and he missed a 6-foot par putt that would have given him the outright lead.
The forecast is for less wind on the weekend, and surely a sigh of relief from the players.
And this World Golf Championship is wide open.
"We've all got a shot at it now," Woods said. "No one is going anywhere."
Woods, like so many other players, could have gone south. He was 7 over for the round after a wedge tumbled into the water on No. 3. But he made the long birdie on No. 4 and hit wedge to 3 feet for birdie on the next hole, and then managed to avoid bogeys the rest of the way.
McIlroy went out in 40, but he made three birdies on the back nine. A 74 was enough to move up the leaderboard on this day.
"It was a day where you obviously couldn't win the golf tournament, but you could let it get away from you, and you could rack up a few big numbers and play yourself out of contention," McIlroy said.
Luke Donald did just that with an 82. So did Victor Dubuisson, who had an 81.
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