American Mahan takes two-stroke lead, Woods struggles

American Mahan takes two-stroke lead, Woods struggles

After a storm that caused havoc around the course, ripping up trees and causing a delay of nearly three hours, only nine players were able to finish their round before darkness fell.
Mahan, playing the back nine first, shot out of the gate with birdies on each of his opening four holes and added three more before play was suspended.

The American leads a pack of seven players on five-under that includes world number one Martin Kaymer of Germany, Fijian Vijay Singh, Japanese 19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa and Luke Donald of Britain.

After the storm, conditions were well suited to low scoring and Mahan took full advantage.  "The storm brought some tranquillity to the course because there was just no wind. There was nothing out there and the course is in perfect shape," said Mahan.

Tiger Woods, playing with rival Phil Mickelson, was at one-under after 15 holes for a share of 32nd place at a course where he has three wins and never finished outside the top 10. Mickelson was a stroke better off than Woods and said he enjoyed a rare first round outing with a fellow former world number one.