Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Tommy Fleetwood chasing maiden major title at PGA Championship

Tommy Fleetwood chasing maiden major title at PGA Championship

Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April previous year and admits he feels "blessed" simply to be able to compete again, but has already failed to convert several chances to claim his first victory since 2013. "I was fresh, in form, going to a place where if I worked up the leaderboard I could create a lot of noise".

He's yet to win since Royal Birkdale, the missed cuts becoming too frequent for comfort.

The 27-year-old Englishman then put himself into contention at The Open last month, before finishing 12th. Many who competed last week at the Bridgestone took Monday off and had aborted practice rounds on Tuesday.

Woods, who will play in his 14th tournament this year after returning from a fourth back surgery, a spinal fusion, over a year ago, did not get specific when asked about the ice baths, saying only it was the third time this year he has done so.

In what has become an ongoing storyline over the years, updates on Tiger Woods's body tend to mean a lot. But history suggests that if he doesn't lift the Wannamaker Trophy soon, Spieth might never accomplish the feat.

Bellerive champions: Gary Player (1965 U.S. Open), Nick Price (1992 PGA Championship), Camilo Villegas (2008 BMW Championship).

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.

"I only had to think about it for about a month", Woods said of the career Slam.

"I want to try and win the grand slam in my career (all four majors), but mind you I would take 10 PGA Championships if that's what it had to be".

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"Having had a few goes at it, I think less expectations is better", McIlroy said.

"You look at guys with experience - Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, (Francesco) Molinari, who just won the Open Championship, Justin Rose".

"Now, I've had a bum knee most of those years, but I could wheel it around that".

If nothing else, Spieth should have plenty of support this week.

Woods only concern now, and like that of all teeing-up this week in St. Louis, is the weather.

But he refused to directly answer the question when asked whether the 14-time major victor, who is now 20th on the points list, had already done enough.

It would be even more fun to make history in front of them. I started this year at 11th, I'm back up to fifth.

'If it happens or doesn't happen through the rest of this calendar year, I'm working in the right direction, I'm doing the right things and if you get yourself in position enough, the bounces will go your way'.

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