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Day desperate to show lone major 'wasn't a fluke' ahead of PGA

Justin Thomas Thomas carded a one-under-par 69 in the final round at Firestone to finish four shots clear DAVID DERMER AP Justin Thomas Thomas carded a one-under-par 69 in the final round at Firestone to finish four shots clear
Cary Erickson | 09 August, 2018, 02:15

St. Louis, MO, USA; Tiger Woods addresses the media in a press conference during the Tuesday practice round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club.

Meanwhile, Fowler is probably the best current golfer who has yet to earn a Major title, and Woods is a four-time victor of the PGA Championship and the last to repeat when he finished first in 2006 and 2007.

The 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge champion arrives this week as one of a number of world stars looking to join the Major winner's circle.

McIlroy says he's trying to figure out what steps he has to take to go from contending to playing in the final group to lifting trophies.

Bevacqua said he looks forward to next year at Bethpage Black when the PGA is staged May 13-19.

"It's advantageous for the guys who hit the ball in the air and can carry it a long way".

"I only had to think about it for about a month", Woods said of the career Slam.

"If you're able to hit the ball well and put the ball in the right sections, you'll see a bunch of birdies".

The 34-year-old will start his quest for a second Major and his first win on United States soil alongside Belgium's Thomas Pieters and American Bill Haas.

"I think, going in, there was a big focus on it, given it was right after The Open Championship, after winning The Open Championship, so it was fresh, I was in form, and going to a place that, if I worked up the leaderboard, it would create a lot of noise".

Kostis should know. He helped his own son, who had a similar procedure in nearly the exact same place in his lower back, make the same kind of adjustments to his swing. He had to learn how to swing. "So, yeah, I mean I can probably relate a little bit".

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His health has held up nicely, especially coming off his fourth back surgery. If his putter could just get hot for a few days‚ he could go really low. In fact, he has finished 39th or worse in two of his last three PGA Tour starts, which includes a missed cut at the RBC Canadian Open two weeks ago.

"The only thing I haven't done is win enough", McIlroy said. I've kind of felt that way a lot this year; I don't mind it.

Woods did not play Bellerive on Monday, choosing to get rest and perhaps some rehab. This should have the benefit of reducing the likelihood that a PGA Championship will be played in a blast furnace, and might also get rid of the appendix feel that the event has dangling in the dog days of summer the way it does now.

Bellerive has also hosted the inaugural Mid-Amateur Championship in 1981, the US Senior Open in 2004, the 2008 BMW Championship, the 2013 Senior PGA Championship and now the 100th PGA Championship.

Here, he explains why Dustin Johnson is his tip for the US PGA Championship.

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

"They're going to have a really strong team".

Bellerive is a long course and the popular theory is that it will favour bigger hitters. He once said it couldn't be a great year without winning a major.

"He's been a model and an idol for me growing up, and it's nice to see him back playing good golf, and hopefully we'll be paired together late on Sunday again this week". Because we're not going to get any run, it's not going to dry out the rest of the week.

But a closer look at his haul indicates the former world number one has his happy hunting grounds with almost half of his PGA titles plundered from five courses.