McIlroy targets a third Wanamaker Trophy, but game still ‘work in progress’

McIlroy targets a third Wanamaker Trophy, but game still ‘work in progress’

McIlroy targets a third Wanamaker Trophy, but game still ‘work in progress’

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods admits he will have plenty of homework to do as he looks to claim a 15th Major. Woods did it twice. "You know, you could win five times in a year and not win a major, and some people would think, "Well, you haven't won a major" - for some of the elite anyway". 16, 17 and 18 holes at Bellerive.

"You certainly get thrown at the deep end straight away in a group like that", McIlroy said. Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth, Nos.

Thomas hasn't heard that in a while.

Not even three weeks ago, he held the lead in a major championship with eight holes to play before eventually tying for sixth, raising hopes that victory was imminent and making him a heavy favorite to win at Firestone, where he was an unexpected, last-second qualifier.

A Sunday 63 at Firestone, inspired by a red-hot putter, was the flawless way to arrest an otherwise forgettable event for the one-time Major victor, who has a solid record of advancing to the weekend at the PGA. "They were poor Saturdays, but without me feeling like I did too much wrong".

"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.

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

There remains another shadow that was even stronger at Bellerive, and Thomas fully expects that.

Woods lowest score was a second round 63 on route to victory in 2007 while his highest round an opening day 77 in the 2011 and the very first time he missed the cut. I've come to the PGA in the seventh or eighth spot a couple of times. "He's learned how to make a swing work for him again".

And while Woods has not spoken in past months of his physical well-being confirmation he underwent ice treatment on his back on Monday has many observers wondering if Woods is covering-up his true fitness.

Nicklaus needed just three tries after winning the PGA in '63 to win his first British Open, and Player likewise needed three tries after the '65 U.S. Open to win his first British. All that did was ratchet up the hysteria that perhaps another major is in the cards.

"The last time I won a Major in 2014 at Valhalla, I think that's one of the best times I swung the club really well at that point in time".

"It's meant to be brutally hot all week and the amount of moisture in the ground is pretty insane". My knee used to hurt a lot, but I could play around that. So yeah, it will be a cool week. With the booming popularity of both college football and professional and the coverage it demands, the PGA Championship has started to feel more and more like an after-thought, which is obviously not what the PGA wants for its crown championship event.

The USGA is often criticized for its U.S. Open setups, whether that's because of long, thick rough or penal green speeds that are created to produce a specific winning score. - Dustin Johnson on winning the PGA.

Woods, meanwhile, is a four-time US PGA victor in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007. Thomas is expected to be one of the top performers during this upcoming tournament.

Chile's 164th-ranked Joaquin Niemann, the youngest player in the field at 19, could become the youngest PGA Championship victor, breaking the mark set by a 20-year-old Sarazen in 1922.

That noise? It's softened considerably during the past year, and the spotlight that accompanied him to Quail Hallow shines a little less brightly on Spieth in St. Louis. "If you find yourself in contention down the stretch, you'll be fully aware of what this means". Can Thomas go where only Woods has gone before?

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