Rory McIlroy to Jordan Spieth: Treat PGA Championship Week Like Any Other

Mike Small

Mike Small

Woods, a 14-time major champion, tries to end a 10-year major victory drought in his comeback from spinal fusion surgery while three-time major victor Jordan Spieth tries to complete a Career Grand Slam with a victory.

Good luck trying to figure out how Justin Thomas hits the ball so far.

Woods will play today at Bellerive alongside world No 2 and defending champion Justin Thomas and four-time major victor Rory McIlroy.

Meanwhile, Fowler is probably the best current golfer who has yet to earn a Major title, and Woods is a four-time victor of the PGA Championship and the last to repeat when he finished first in 2006 and 2007.

'I feel somewhat under the radar this year.

Defending PGA champion Justin Thomas agreed: "The amount of fans out here (Tuesday) was absurd". It's really cool to be a part of that conversation, and I think you have to embrace it, you have to relish it, you have to just go at it and know that, if you do win this week, you're going to join a very, very elite club.

"There's going to be certain days that I'm just not going to have the speed and the flexibility and the movement that I once did", Woods said.

There are seemingly more monstrous names every time I put my list of who I think will win any given major together, and this year's PGA Championship is no different.

The 25-year-old struggled to a closing 76 but refuses to be too downbeat about a season in which he also finished third in the Masters after a brilliant final round of 64.

The only player with better odds to win the 100th edition of the PGA Championship this week is World No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Thomas weighed less a year ago, about 145 pounds at the start of it.

Spieth has not tasted victory since last year's Open and could only finish ninth in the defence of his title after taking a share of the lead into the final round at Carnoustie. "He just had his fourth back surgery, so to get to this point is a phenomenal achievement already". This is his first PGA Championship since 2015, which was the first one Thomas played.

"It's hard to remember a course I've played that has so many doglegs left", he said.

Sure enough, driver, 3-wood saw him in the front bunker on 17, with a quality sand shot to three feet getting him back to one under. "I started to get out of that shadow", Thomas said.

18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus holds the record of most major appearances with 164 starts between 1957 and 2005, ahead of Gary Player (150) and Tom Watson (145).

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