"You can't get aggressive with this weather," McIlroy said. "You don't even care where the pin is. You just try and hit it on the green somewhere. I'll just keep playing how I am and see how this thing unfolds."
To a man, the players said the challenge was that Kiawah is a links course, with links wind and links beach grass framing the holes to swallow up stray shots, but it doesn't allow for links-style shotmaking. With its cereal bowl greens, the Pete Dye course calls for approach shots to be played through the air, not along the ground as on a true links.
"You know, after a while you don't really think about your score," said Singh, who will be eligible for the Champions tour in less than a year. "You just think about each hole, each shot, and just try not to mess up."