Monday, 20 May, 2019

Tiger Woods’ win at Masters still has Rory McIlroy in awe

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Cary Erickson | 15 May, 2019, 19:23

Just the way they did last June about 60 miles east of Bethpage when he outlasted everyone at Shinnecock Hills for his second straight US Open victory.

Since the world ranking began in 1986, Johnson is among 12 players who were among the top 10 in the world when they won their first major and haven't won another. "If it was easy, a lot of guys would have a lot more than they do".

Lacking the mystique of the Masters, brutality of the US Open or quirkiness of the Open Championship, the USPGA has been regarded as golf's most bland and faceless major championship. Additionally, he's just 106th on tour in driving accuracy percentage at 61.69, which likely will put him in tough situations on an already challenging course.

Tiger Woods' preparations for the US PGA have been overshadowed by the American superstar and his girlfriend being sued for the wrongful death of a barman at their Florida restaurant. He changed his swing, his agent, his caddie.

As for the scoring, Glover expected some pretty good rounds, without exactly going out on a limb. "So I think - it is different". I don't see why you can't get to double digits, " Koepka said.

Rory McIlroy didn't have to wait that long.

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Woods and Glover won their respective U.S. Opens here in rainy conditions, and it was so wet in 2009 that the event did not finish until Monday.

Woods has not played a competitive round since winning at Augusta National on April 14, choosing to rest rather than play a tournament in the four weeks before the next major championship. Koepka was right there challenging Woods for the green jacket. "You join another list, and then you sort of try to keep going".

However, the switch to May could breathe new life into the tournament and fills what was once a two-month wait between the season's first and second major. He, too, is one major short - the PGA Championship - of a career slam.

A few other things I'm looking for in contenders this week: Distance, as the course plays "only" 7,459 yards on the card, but repeated 8-irons will offer a major advantage over 6-irons; birdie-or-better percentages from over 150 yards, because there aren't many wedge approach shots; and while we shouldn't blindly consider leaderboards from any of the previous U.S. Open or FedEx Cup playoff events, there should be a correlation to players who have enjoyed success on colder, wet venues, especially in the Northeast. Equally important was having two majors, even if he kept the same trophy. Can you turn that one in two?

Johnson stands out among his current group of one-time major champions because he is a prolific victor.

He hopes the next one is a major, the sooner the better.