Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

PGA Championship: First round tee off

PGA Championship: First round tee off

"The ball is just plugging out there, and if anything it favors a guy who hits the ball high".

Asked if he was "guarding" against re-injuring himself by doing too much, Woods said, "It's just 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".

"I literally haven't set foot on this golf course since that week in 2001", Woods said.

Fleetwood played with eventual champion Justin Thomas in his opening two rounds at Quail Hollow past year and says he learned "a few things" from watching the American on the way to his first major title.

The fourth major of the year -which has a massive 156-man field - has seen big names and no-names capture its top spot and this year will likely be no different.

"He had to learn how to move again". "To get to this point is a phenomenal achievement already". "Trying to take pressure off yourself, trying to treat it like any normal week, just trying to win the golf tournament that week, sort of put it out of your head that what winning this golf tournament would mean in terms of your legacy and your place in the game". There are other top players to look out for, including Nantz's pick, Rory McIlroy, now ranked fifth in the world, with four major championships.

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"The only thing I haven't done is win enough". "I've given myself a lot of chances. I played in a lot of final groups and I haven't played well enough when it has counted". McIlroy tied for sixth in the same event last week, his first tournament after tying for second at the British Open three weeks ago. He would join Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen in the feat with a victory. Can Jordan Spieth complete the career grand slam?

Bellerive suits Thomas' gameplan of bombing it deep and hitting high wedge shots, so don't be surprised to see him become the second player in history to win back-to-back PGA Championships. "He's shown over the past few years he's mentally very good, so I'm sure he won't have a problem". Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari won the Masters, US Open and The Open respectively, and they tee off at 7.15pm.

"It's going to be the quintessential target golf", McIlroy said.

Bumpy greens could be a concern, Woods said.

"So there's going to be quite a few guys trying to get out there to play, and I'm going to be one of them".

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