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PGA Championship at Whistling Straits - Lingmerth closing in on Johnson

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):
   3:53 p.m.
   The wind is whipping at Whistling Straits.
   It isn't bothering David Lingmerth.
   The Swede just shot 5-under 31 over his first nine holes at the PGA Championship, making the turn only one shot behind leader Dustin Johnson.
   Most everyone else is struggling in the afternoon, with 16 mph wind blowing across the course.
   Top-ranked Rory McIlroy is having trouble hitting it straight. He's at 1 over through eight. Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth has opened with eight straight pars. And British Open champion Zach Johnson threw one ball into Lake Michigan in frustration and hit another one into the water. He has made three bogeys so far and is 1 over.
   3:08 p.m.
   Aqua golf!
   Rory McIlroy rolled up his pant leg and took a step into the lake to hit his third shot on the fifth hole at Whistling Straits.
   He opened the clubface, made solid contact, got the ball back onto the green and rolled the 10-foot par putt into the side of the hole for a par. As they say, "It's not how, it's how many."
   And those fuchsia pants weren't any worse for wear.
   Check this out:
   2:38 p.m.
   Some stats on Tiger's putting: He needed 33 putts and the average length of the putts he made was a tad under 4 feet.
   "Probably one of the worst putting rounds I've had in a long time," he said. "I just never had the speed right. I either left them short or blew them by. Just didn't have the speed at all."
   2:38 p.m.
   Zach Johnson just chucked a ball into Lake Michigan. Reason: He made bogey on the fourth hole to fall to 1-over par.
   The British Open champion is struggling. He also made a bogey on the par-5 second after hitting his second shot in a bunker that was situated outside the ropes and pocked with footprints from spectators. He hacked that one out, but into the rough, then needed three more shots to finish the hole.
   2:22 p.m.
   The season is almost over for Tiger Woods. Could be over as soon as Friday.
   Woods couldn't get putts to go in Thursday and finished at 3-over 75 in the first round of the PGA Championship.
   That's nine shots behind clubhouse leader Dustin Johnson and very much in danger of missing the cut. If that happens, this would mark the first time in his career he's missed three straight cuts at a major.
   Woods came into the week ranked 186th in the FedEx Cup standings. He needs a huge week to get in the mix for the playoffs, which begins with the top 125.
   Hard to think it'll happen after Thursday, and Woods wasn't trying to deny it.
   "The season is pretty much over, very soon," he said. "But the year is not. There's plenty of golf to be played."
   Most of it, though, would be in overseas events, and not where the top players will be competing.
   1:47 p.m.
   Phil Mickelson has opened with a birdie.
   Rory McIlroy has opened with a bogey.
   Jordan Spieth has opened with a par. And Adam Scott has opened with two straight birdies.
   They're all trying to catch Dustin Johnson, who shot 6-under 66. They're part of the afternoon group teeing off at the PGA Championship.
   1:24 p.m.
   You could say that both Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are picking up where they left off.
   Johnson knows his way around Whistling Straits. He shot a 6-under 66 at the PGA Championship today, writing a new chapter at the Wisconsin course that's the sight of one of his worst moments. He was leading going into the 72nd hole here in 2010, but grounded his club in a trash-strewn bunker and was penalized two shots. That kept him out of a playoff.
   His 6 under in the first round Thursday included five birdies, an eagle, one bogey and no drama.
   It gave him the clubhouse lead with the morning rounds wrapping up. It also put him nine shots ahead of Woods, who had a 75 and is in danger of missing three straight cuts in the majors for the first time in his career.
   The world's top two players, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, just teed off.
   1:02 p.m.
   Rickie Fowler is wrapping up one wild round.
   Fowler was in a bunker far below the third green and took four shots to escape, leading to triple bogey. He followed with a chip-in for birdie on No. 4, only to find a bunker off the fifth tee and then lay up -- wait for it -- into the water. He scrambled for par, bounced back with a birdie, followed by two more bogeys. He's 1 over with one hole to play.
   Fowler brings an "X Games" personality to the PGA Tour.
   He brought it to the golf course at the PGA Championship.
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