"You were just standing there and it was pretty calm and now it's blowing," Johnson said. "It just swirls."
Even when the wind stilled, some pin placements were were troublesome enough.
With a tough pin between mounds on the left side of the 14th green, the 440-yard par-4, yielded a double bogey for Lee Westwood and a triple bogey for Yuta Ikeda.
Steve Stricker said he and Ikeda, his playing partner, hit almost identical approaches into 14. They landed a foot apart. Ikeda's rolled off the green, back down the hill, leading to his 7. Stricker made par.
Fourteen wasn't the only pin that had golfers scratching their heads. Flags were tucked into the edges of every green except the 440-yard uphill 17th, which is difficult enough without a challenging placement.
"I know they say they don't change the pin positions," Soren Kjeldsen said. "They say they've got a plan from the start and they don't change them because of low scoring, but they decided it was going to be tough today."
Nevertheless, some golfers said there were chances for low scores. Of course, figuring out how to convert them was the challenge.
"Everybody knows the golf course is very confusing," K.J. Choi said.