PGA course a bomber's paradise: Tiger

Justin Thomas dedicated his win to former PGA Tour player Jarrod Lyle who is battling cancer for the third time

Justin Thomas dedicated his win to former PGA Tour player Jarrod Lyle who is battling cancer for the third time

Thomas will get an even closer look at Woods this weekend, with the duo set to be in the same group for Thursday's and Friday's rounds, an opportunity the world number two relishes. I think the golf course lends itself to a certain type of player.

"Trying to interpret whether he's done enough or hasn't done enough...that's a position I don't have to put myself in right now...but it's fun to see him put himself in the mix".

"I feel good for the final major".

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The world's third-ranked player made a decision to skip playing any practice rounds at Bellerive, but he has hit on the driving range and said everything feels good.

Even Justin Thomas, the defending PGA champion who's coming off a win at last week's WGC-Bridgestone, is hungry for his second career major. I have a chance to do something special this week - try to win a major, just like 155 other guys.

"But it's a process".

"By March I saw that his game was in a lot better shape and his health was in a lot better shape", Furyk said.

Second-ranked Thomas tees off in Thursday's opening round at Bellerive Country Club alongside 14-time major victor Tiger Woods and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy. "I mean, 18 months ago the guy couldn't walk", McIlroy said. "He was in bed". Now, Woods must "get the mindset back prior to all the injuries and all the surgeries". "He's shown over the past few years he's mentally very good, so I'm sure he won't have a problem".

Seven of the past eight PGA Championship winners have been first-time major champions and world No 7 Rahm could well add to that statistic.

Woods was among the players due to compete at Bellerive Country Club in 2001 when the WGC-American Express Championship was cancelled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Bellerive champions: Gary Player (1965 U.S. Open), Nick Price (1992 PGA Championship), Camilo Villegas (2008 BMW Championship). Of the top 31 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, only three (Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman) are not from the US or Europe.

There's no doubt about one thing though - this will be among the most festive atmospheres of the year.

"I needed that day off". "It's been a slightly different preparation for me this week because of it, but I think it's all been about trying to get to Thursday and be ready for Thursday".

"I haven't wrote for a few weeks, but in general, it's helped me, and it helps the people I work with if I write it down, and then like I say, you can talk about it". I like Thomas Pieters, Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley, Byeong-Hun An, Adam Scott, Thorbjorn Olesen and Ryan Moore, but narrowing it down to four starters and an alternate is tough. It's just what are my limitations going to be. New York's own Bethpage Black will be the first venue to host the PGA Championship after its switch to springtime.

And the European number one can take heart from Francesco Molinari's win in the Open at Carnoustie, as well as learning from playing alongside eventual victor Justin Thomas in the first two rounds 12 months ago.

Fleetwood's US Open bid was damaged by a third-round 78, and he was one shot off the lead at the halfway stage of The Open before falling back on the Saturday.

Woods lowest score was a second round 63 on route to victory in 2007 while his highest round an opening day 77 in the 2011 and the very first time he missed the cut.

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

Little good that did him.

"With him being a friend, I was more personally just happy for Fran".

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