Long hitters poised to plunder soggy Bellerive at PGA Championship

People are preparing for the 100th PGA which starts Thursday

"I just had a facet joint tighten up, just got a bit grumbly", Rose said. "Did a leg lift yesterday as well and was ready to go for today".

On a reconnaissance trip in early July, Gary Woodland was playing Bellerive Country Club when he noticed a few members of the club were steadfastly following him. Woods played only five holes on the course he last saw the day after the September 11 terrorist attacks, a few hours before the American Express Championship was canceled. Now, I've had a bum knee most of those years, but I could wheel it around that.

He briefly led the British Open on Sunday, and after one week of recovery, Woods began a stretch that could include seven starts in the span of two months if he plays the full FedEx Cup playoff slate. He was feeling so good about his game that he took an all-or-nothing shot out of a pot bunker on the 10th hole that he thought might be a deciding moment, and he pulled it off.

Glory's last shot! This is major!

It's been like that all year. Alex Noren won in Paris on the Ryder Cup golf course.

"In terms of managing expectations, at the end of the day, it's still golf", he said Wednesday. As you know, we notified the players we wanted to build up slowly to getting them to where we need, knowing that Tuesday or certainly Monday was nearly 100 degrees temperature with high humidity followed by yesterday, an inch and a half of rain. "But having a fixed point in my spine is very different".

The PGA Championship will be Woods' 14th tournament, the most he has played in any year since 2013.

Holmes played with Woods in the final round of the Memorial Tournament in June, where Woods finished T-23 but hit the ball as well as he has all season.

"It's a great position to be in", said McIlroy, who needs the Masters to complete his own Career Slam.

Woods might be bigger now than when he was winning, perhaps because fans had every right to wonder if they would ever see him again, or see him when he was capable of posting low scores. He's learning to compete again. He's building up all that. "He's shown over the past few years he's mentally very good, so I'm sure he won't have a problem".

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"It's certainly close", McIlroy said of his game, which last produced a major championship at the 2014 PGA.

McIlroy since then has played in the final group three times, including at the Masters.

'We had a conversation back in January about being a vice captain and we talked about him possibly playing, ' Furyk added. He still has only one victory this year and feels as though he should have won more.

"With the weather, it does remind me of Valhalla where there's a lot of mounding and it's a big, long golf course", McIlroy said. "It's just 'see fairway, hit fairway, ' and the pin's going to be on one of the kind of tiers or mounds on the green". While on the long drive home he realized he could better help young people through his Tiger Woods Foundation, and assess the direction the foundation was heading.

"There's two reasons for it", explained Fleetwood, before heading out for a final practice round for the PGA Championship.

"My last couple of wins, or maybe past year probably is when".

Some years, the setup itself becomes the tournament's dominant story.

Earlier this summer, Thomas was able to get in 18 holes at the tournament's media day, and he says that took the stress off the fact that playing time was hard to come by early this week.

Still, considering this year's field has 110 of the top 112 golfers in the world, the victor is more than likely going to be someone you know rather than someone you don't. I have a chance to do something special this week - try to win a major, just like 155 other guys.

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