Woods' world dominates PGA Championship build-up

Tiger Woods managed only five holes of practice at Bellerive on Tuesday

Tiger Woods managed only five holes of practice at Bellerive on Tuesday

The fourth and final Major golf tournament of 2018 will tee off at Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis on Thursday, with American Justin Thomas trying to become the first repeat victor of the PGA Championship since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat in 2007. "I know Phil (Mickelson) didn't win until his 30s". "I was fresh, in form, going to a place where if I worked up the leaderboard I could create a lot of noise".

"It's definitely something that I really want to do is get that second major", Johnson 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.

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

"They need to experience what he brings to the game, and they need to experience all that comes with the world of Tiger Woods".

"I spent a bit of time on the range yesterday".

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Meanwhile, Gomes has been rendered surplus to requirements at Barcelona and has failed to become a regular in the Barca first team.

Unfortunately for the tournament's TV ratings, one of them isn't Tiger. "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".

"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". So things are going to be different from day to day, and it's just about managing it.

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. "I had won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and the Open Championship was at St. Andrews a month later, so I wasn't really asked a lot, other than, 'What would it be like to complete the career Grand Slam at St. Andrews?"'

"Geez, I mean, 18 months ago the guy couldn't walk", he said. "So that's all I'm going to say".

His wedge play, especially inside 100 yards, is a glaring weakness in his game and while he's working hard to improve, he feels his swing is close to where it was in 2014 with the proviso that his body is now different.

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