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Up and down round for Bjorn
The overnight leaders are going to struggle to have as eventful a time at Kiawah Island as Thomas Bjorn did.
Resuming five over par in the USPGA Championship, the 41-year-old Dane birdied the first four holes, bogeyed the next three, birdied the short eighth and dropped another stroke at the next.
Not a single par therefore in an outward 35 that lifted him from 57th to 16th and then back down to 53rd on four over.
That was eight adrift of overnight pace-setters Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Carl Pettersson, who faced another day of testing winds, but nothing like as severe as for the second round of the year's final major.
Bjorn had every incentive to get everything he could out of the weekend. Bjorn is 15th in the Ryder Cup standings and still has his defence of the Johnnie Walker Championship to come at Gleneagles in a fortnight.
That is probably one of the reasons captain Jose Maria Olazabal has delayed naming his four assistants. Bjorn, chairman of the players' committee that appoints the man in charge, served under Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie and is seen as a future leader of the side - possibly in the United States in 2016.
Another of the Celtic Manor backroom team, Darren Clarke, was playing with Bjorn and, having made only his second cut of the season, remained five over starting for home, while Justin Rose improved from four over to two over with birdies at the fourth and sixth.
Also out early were Paul Lawrie and Luke Donald, two more likely members of Olazabal's side.
Lawrie, whose only previous cap came in 1999, had two birdies and two bogeys in the first six holes to be four over, while Donald improved from the cut mark of six over to three over, but then spun off the green at the long 11th and by missing from six feet took six and went back alongside the Scot.