Thomas seeks successful US PGA Championship title defence alongside Woods and McIlroy

Thomas seeks successful US PGA Championship title defence alongside Woods and McIlroy

Thomas seeks successful US PGA Championship title defence alongside Woods and McIlroy

He took an ice bath. "And a lot of stretching". He's right where he needs to be and is ready to go and make a name for himself.

I saw him middle of the year, and it really looked good.

Rain pounded Bellerive Country Club, twice suspending practice rounds Tuesday. That leaves him just two days to prepare for a course that he has not seen since practicing for the 2001 American Express Invitational that was canceled due to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

It has now been more than a year since he recorded a PGA Tour victory.

Skinny: Like Schauffele, he'll play the first two rounds here with Furyk, and he also got some quality time with the captain during a scouting trip to Paris before The Open. He was feeling so good about his game that he took an all-or-nothing shot out of a pot bunker on the 10th hole that he thought might be a deciding moment, and he pulled it off.

Preparing for the major in May, fighting against the elements and remnants of wintry conditions, could be a concern and put additional stress on the superintendents and crews of the courses up north that are slated to host the PGA Championship in the future - and there are many.

It's been like that all year.

"Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't, " Woods said Sunday after his disappointing tie for 31st at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he has won eight times but was not a factor on the weekend.

While these pages may not contain the angst-ridden ramblings of a teenager labouring through adolescence they do hold the complicated reflections of a 27-year-old operating in the pressurised world of professional golf where understanding your emotions can make the difference between success and failure.

"I have a sense of confidence and belief that I totally can get over the line and win one. So things are going to be different from day-to-day, and it's just about managing it". Before, I didn't really have any of those issues early in my career because I didn't have a fixed point in my back.

The 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale was Spieth's last triumph and a keen reminder of his mercurial golf, after he squandered a three-shot lead in four holes only to channel his most sublime play to seize the Claret Jug.

Justin Thomas is trying to win back-to-back majors, but he is also trying to win on the PGA TOUR in consecutive weeks.

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Among those in the top 50, Furyk also played once with Patrick Cantlay, Andrew Landry, Charles Howell III, Brandt Snedeker and James Hahn.

Woods might be bigger now than when he was winning, perhaps because fans had every right to wonder if they would ever see him again, or see him when he was capable of posting low scores. There are some question marks, however, given his unorthodox approach, and he raised eyebrows with his back-nine implosion at the European Open. He's building up all that.

He added: "Even though he's won 14 of these things, you still, if you haven't done it for a while, you still have to re-learn a few things, and I think he's going through that stage".

Tiger Tales: Tiger Woods has gone 37 starts on the PGA Tour since his last victory, and 27 majors since his last Grand Slam title.

McIlroy since then has played in the final group three times, including at the Masters. Justin Thomas' parents, Mike and Jani, walked the whole way, with Mike filming a swing or two on his cell phone, chucking balls into the rough to get a feel for the depth, etc. Phil Mickelson hasn't won one since 2013.

"With the weather, it does remind me of Valhalla where there's a lot of mounding and it's a big, long golf course", McIlroy said.

"It's just one of those things". While on the long drive home he realized he could better help young people through his Tiger Woods Foundation, and assess the direction the foundation was heading.

Woods is contesting the PGA Championship for a first occasion since 2015 when he missed the cut for a second straight year.

Bevacqua said the organization decided a couple years ago its current headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens no longer fit the bill.

Some years, the setup itself becomes the tournament's dominant story.

"Just for me to be able to have this opportunity again is a dream come true", Woods said.

"I've played very poorly over the past two years in majors, so I'm hungry to get back on top of that and try to get a win". I've given myself a lot of chances.

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