PGA course a bomber's paradise: Tiger

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Thomas eventually made it up the stairs, onto the putting green and up a slight hill to the tee box with thousands of fans crammed on both sides and every seat in the grandstands occupied.

"Just trying to get some inflammation down, and just trying to get ready for the rest of the week", Woods said Tuesday, saying only that the inflammation was "everywhere", without elaborating what caused it.

The season's fourth major has many contenders - from world No.1 Dustin Johnson to last month's Open Champion Francesco Molinari. "I said this many times this year, I didn't know if I could do this again, and lo and behold, here I am". After his Saturday round at the World Golf Championships event in OH, he stepped to the podium wiping perspiration from his face.

Thomas hasn't heard that in a while.

Prize money: TBA ($10.5 million in 2017). More guys wearing tape this time of year than any other time of year.

Thomas has come into his own.

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

The challenge at the oldest Major was followed by a lackluster performance at last week's World Golf Championship at Firestone, that suggested the 42-year-old still has some work to do if he is to finally get back into the winner's enclosure.

This is a deep friendship that transcends any rivalry, and Thomas was never overly bothered by the mention of being Spieth's close friend.

"You just have to turn up to the next tournament and it's a fresh start". By March I saw his game was in a lot better shape.

There remains another shadow that was even stronger at Bellerive, and Thomas fully expects that. I told him, that's really mature of you. "If I had an answer to it, I would give it to you, but I really don't know".

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"If you're able to hit the ball well and put the ball in the right sections, you'll see a bunch of birdies".

Longtime golf instructor Peter Kostis thinks Tiger Woods has done "exactly what he needs to do" in remaking his swing after spinal fusion finally allowed him to overcome his back problems. "You kind of get that two-, three-, four-shot lead, it's different than one". All that did was ratchet up the hysteria that perhaps another major is in the cards.

Woods, who missed all of last season while rivals scored points, has jumped to 20th on the Cup qualifying list with only the PGA remaining before the top eight players qualify.

"It will be pretty insane out there".

Yet rarely do the same critiques accompany the PGA, and Haigh said that's because "my hope and I think the plan is that the players are the story". So yeah, it will be a cool week.

Woods, as a vice captain, would recuse himself from any discussions about his viability as a player, Furyk said.

"And the great thing is I haven't hit a bad shot in two days".

Koepka has won the last two U.S. Opens.

Noteworthy: None of the five players with the career Grand Slam completed it at the PGA Championship. McIlroy began his run of four majors in a four-year stretch about the time Woods began dealing with injuries.

United States star Jordan Spieth would complete a Career Grand Slam with a victory. he expects a short-game shootout. During the next decade, he dominated golf as perhaps no athlete has ruled any other sport, accruing eight of his 14 major titles before Mickelson won the 2004 Masters for the first of his five major victories. But being the deepest field in golf, a lot of players trying to knock off that major. "Obviously, I would have much rather been playing that week, but it was an unbelievable experience walking two rounds alongside Tiger and just being at the Masters".

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