After two holes in his first round, he was three-over par.
Kisner, Koepka and South African Charl Schwartzel each flirted with the lowest all-time major round of 62 fired by South Africa's Branden Grace in the third round of last year's British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Johnson, who is going by Zach J. Johnson this week to differentiate himself from Zach Johnson, the 15-year veteran on the PGA Tour, shot a 1-under-par 69 on Friday to finish at 145, but it won't be good enough to stick around for the weekend, as the cut is expected to be around even par.
"I feel safe because I feel safe where my game is", Woodland said. At the par-3 sixth he blasted out to 14 feet and sank the clutch par putt, then parred seven before the storm struck.
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"Butch [Harmon] and I focused so hard this year on driving the golf ball because, when I drive it in play, I'm playing a game a lot of guys aren't playing out here, and that's a huge advantage". I went to Swing Motion and it cleared stuff up temporarily, but in fact it pushed me further away from what I should have been doing.
Said Kisner: "Got to listen to all of the KU/Missouri banter all day with Gary, I didn't know that was such a rivalry". I thought I had made it.
A bogey-double bogey start left Woods scrambling to stay close Thursday.
"To make birdies you've got to hit your irons well, obviously".
Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters victor, didn't threaten the lead with his 62 bid but sank a seven-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th to reach 7-under. "I didn't even think of it [the 62]". Rory McIlroy opened with seven straight pars, and then he belted a drive 359 yards on the par-5 eighth hole when the rain arrived. "I would have liked to have birdied 17".More news: Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration has been deferred
Woodland enjoyed a one-shot lead over compatriot Kevin Kisner, who bogeyed the last to shoot 64, with Schwartzel three off the lead alongside world number one Dustin Johnson and Thomas Pieters after eight birdies and a bogey in his 63.
Woodland has never finished better than 12th in 27 major starts but he has never started so well in one either. "When I stand over a golf ball putting as comfortable as I am right now, I'm pretty excited".
Spieth still has hope in his second try at a career Grand Slam.
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