Last Updated: 10/08/12 9:30am
Woods is three shots off Pettersson's lead after day one at Kiawah island
Colin Montgomerie told Sky Sports that Tiger Woods did not make the best use of conditions on the opening day of the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
"The course was easy this morning and I don't think 69 was a very good score from Tiger."
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The 14-time major winner teed off in one of the early groups in South Carolina and went on to post a three-under par 69 - leaving him three strokes behind leader Carl Pettersson at the end of round one.
However, Montgomerie says the morning conditions on the Ocean Course were not too taxing and says Woods should have made further inroads in his pursuit of a first major since the 2008 US Open.
"The course was easy this morning and I don't think 69 was a very good score from Tiger," he said. "There wasn't a breath of wind and the course was soft.
"It wasn't this afternoon, though; the course dried out and become much more difficult and much more like the way [the organisers] wanted it, so the scoring has been better this afternoon than expected."
Woods' former coach, Butch Harmon, added: 'Tiger's position (tied for 14th) is fine. This is a course where you can get away with some wayward drives - 60, 70, 80 yards wide in some places.
"We saw him have some trouble on the front nine when he hooked that ball into a hazard when in a left-to-right wind which he doesn't like, so it will be interesting to see how many drivers Tiger hits when it comes to crunch time.
"The guys that played on Thursday afternoon get an early start on Friday but the weather could be iffy - the forecast says there is a 30-40 per cent chance of rain."
Ulsterman Graeme McDowell is in a tie for fourth after carding a four-under 68 and Montgomerie says he would not be surprised to see the 2010 US Open champion in contention for the PGA crown on Sunday afternoon.
"Graeme is very much back," said Montgomerie, who captained McDowell in the 2010 Ryder Cup.
"You saw him in the last group of the US Open and the last group of the British Open and he won't be far off the last group here with the way he is playing. He is becoming a major player.
"Rory [McIlory] took all the accolades in 2011 and in 2012 Graeme wants them back again. That's great because competition breeds standards and this is what is happening around the European Tour.
"Every European wants to beat everyone else and the quality is rising because of it. Graeme started that off with his 2010 US Open win, which was fabulous."