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

Thomas trails Johnson, McIlroy on 2018 PGA Championship odds

Thomas trails Johnson, McIlroy on 2018 PGA Championship odds

"He just had his fourth back surgery, so to get to this point is a phenomenal achievement already".

The now 42-year old is a four-time PGA Championship victor having won the event in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007.

"So just coming back and being able to play at this level and compete, I've had my share of chances to win this year as well, hopefully I'll get it done this week".

Davis Love III joins an elite club this week at the PGA Championship, as he makes his 100th major appearance. For Jordan Spieth, a win would move him into the highest echelon of players, the elite group who have completed the career grand slam.

This will be the last time the PGA will be held in August, as it will become the year's second major next year and be held in May.

Throw Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson into the mix as well, each looking to turn back the clock to a time when they ruled the roost. The presence of the alternates allows you to be a bit more aggressive with players who are dealing with injuries.

Dustin Johnson hopes some of his future father-in-law's fans will have his back when the world's top-ranked player tees off in the PGA Championship this week in St Louis.

"I needed that day off, " Woods sid Tuesday.

To Rory McIlroy, a four-time major victor who plays alongside Woods and defending champion Justin Thomas in the first two rounds, Woods has already achieved a great deal just being back. I'm 42 now and I've had four back surgeries. "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".

"Plus, the struggles and things he had to endure during his upbringing, he has fought tooth and nail to get to where he's at".

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(AAP )Jason Day is a former victor of the US PGA.

Can Tiger Woods another major?

He looked as if he might be turning the corner at the British Open last month when he shot 65 on Saturday to surge into contention, but a birdie-less Sunday and final-round 76 dropped him to the wayside. For Rory McIlroy, just to see Woods back to his best is a victory in itself. "So things are going to be different from day-to-day, and it's just about managing it".

What's happened to Jordan Spieth?

One of the things Woods is trying to accomplish this week, aside from winning for the first time since 2013 and winning his first major since 2008, is assure himself of a spot on the Ryder Cup team. But he hasn't lifted a trophy of any form since winning the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July past year, the biggest "slump" of his young career. "I've gotten into a couple of bad habits, as you said, and that just makes it a little tougher for me to be consistent with a shorter club in my hand". "So I'm actually very pleased".

(Getty )Jordan Spieth hasn't won since the 2017 Open Championship. He has been in the top 3 five times this year, including three runner-up finishes. "Playing around my spine's a little bit different".

Since bursting onto the scene when he turned pro as a 21-year-old in 2009, Fowler seemed like a lock to be one day holding a major trophy.

"He has changed the game for our generation", Molinari said. At the PGA Championship, 20 tournament spots go to the top 20 finishers in the PGA Professional Championship. One of those is Australian Craig Hocknull, who is making his major debut at the age of 43.

"It's surreal to work hard your whole life and your dream finally comes true".

Will one them capture their second major of the year? You can pretty much eliminate those players from consideration, along with past champions like John Daly and Y.E. Yang.

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