"Extremely good", Kerry Haigh, the championships director for the PGA of America, said Sunday.
But even though Woods does not intimidate his rivals like he did during his prime, if his back holds up over the long haul he will surely have plenty more chances to close the gap on Nicklaus. He can win 18 majors and more.
Mr. Woods, wearing a blue suit (not the Masters green jacket) was joined at the ceremony by his mother, Kultida Woods; his two children, Sam and Charlie; his girlfriend, Erica Herman; and his caddie, Joe LaCava.
The intervening weeks have included Woods's camp deny injury was responsible for his no-show at the Wells Fargo.
The 53-year-old Daly was able to apply for the use of a cart through the PGA of America's Americans with Disabilities Act policy, and he provided the proper information to the PGA's medical team with the request. Tiger Woods built a big lead in the second round under wet, miserable conditions that worsened in the afternoon, prompting a 22-year-old Sergio Garcia to say, "If Tiger Woods had been out there, it would have been called". Reteaching himself what winning feels like at the 2018 Tour Championship was - and I realize this sounds insane for somebody who has won now 81 times on the PGA Tour - so key to him winning the Masters. What did I do?
"I don't think there's been anybody to play this game that hasn't been fried at one point or another", Glover said. One other thing going for him is the fact he is returning to a venue where he has already won a major, having claimed the 2002 US Open at the municipal course that is the pride and joy of every blue-collar golfing New Yorker. Woods clearly has the available knowledge to win at this NY venue, with the Masters demonstrating he also has the physical capability. Woods is the betting favorite for the PGA Championship at 8-1, according to Westgate Sportsbook. Only two players made it so far as the practice range - former champion Rich Beem and Li Haotong of China. In the past seven stagings, Justin Thomas in 2017 is alone in winning at only single digits under par.
With a game that matches up well with the course and a consistent record of producing at the majors, the stage is perfectly set for Koepka to outshine Woods and retain the title.
Pepperell, who yesterday moved up to his equal-highest world ranking at No 33, has a unique take on pre-tournament reconnaissance and does not see why he should make an exception for the Majors. His weakness - inasmuch as somebody who's top 10 in strokes gained and doesn't have a finish outside the top 30 on the season has one - is that he hasn't started strongly.
Woods has not played since his remarkable resurrection at Augusta and Faldo is just one who queries whether skipping straight from major to major is that wise, notwithstanding the revamped, compressed schedule. "He responded with, 'We're 1-1.' Hopefully, we'll make that 2-1 very shortly".
"He's a hell of a player". And I think he misses playing. But the excitement that he brought, the fans, that's the reason a majority of people are golf fans.
"For me that is going to be his major battle".
Bethpage should deliver testament to Koepka's assertion. He laughed again and pulled 3-wood, which he ripped and still left the ball some 20 yards short.
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