Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
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PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ’18: Facts about final major of the year

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ’18: Facts about final major of the year

Some of the other favorites include Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlory, and Tiger Woods. "You look at the world rankings right now, the top 20 players are dominated by Europeans and Americans". He's the heart and soul of the US team.

Skinny: Basically, Woods needs to win to automatically crack the top 8, but it's not going to matter.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy has not won a major since the 2014 US PGA Championships title, which marked his second win in the event following a 2012 success.

Streelman finished in the top 10 at the John Deere Classic last month, but he missed the cut last week at the Barracuda Championship, the tournament that runs concurrently with the WGC event.

Today, he faces doubts about the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club because of a couple of lackluster 73s on the weekend, the possibility of a stiff lower back, reduced clubhead speed and a heavy upcoming schedule for which he might not have the physical fortitude to endure.

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

Tiger Woods, who has played his way from nowhere at the start of the season all the way to 20th in Ryder Cup points, will already be going to France no matter what.

Yet rarely do the same critiques accompany the PGA, and Haigh said that's because "my hope and I think the plan is that the players are the story".


If nothing else, Spieth should have plenty of support this week. "That's all I'm going to say". Paulina's mother, Janet, was born in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton.

But it's not why he's downplaying his chances of becoming just the sixth golfer to complete the coveted career grand slam. And while Spieth acknowledged Tuesday that the change will help with the overall calendar flow, he also pointed out another benefit: the weather. For Spieth, a place among the most elite group in golf. I felt like I was in control of what I was doing, and that felt good. It would also mean a stretch of five events in six weeks. But beyond that, courses such as Shoal Creek in Alabama and layouts in Texas, Florida and California that were written off because of oppressive summer heat could be in the mix.

Jim Furyk won't just be focused on his own score this week at the PGA Championship. Webb Simpson holds the eighth spot by 49 points over Bryson Dechambeau, but considering the fact that the victor of the PGA Championship gets 4,000 points, that's not exactly a stable lead.

Regardless of who makes the team for the matches in France this September, British Open victor Francesco Molinari of Italy predicted Tuesday the American team will be "one of the strongest ever". Many who competed last week at the Bridgestone took Monday off and had aborted practice rounds on Tuesday.

Now, those who tried to get on the course at Bellerive are simply soaked.

Schwartzel's enjoyed something of a hit-and-miss season as he looks to continue this week where he left off at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello and American James Hahn will tee off alongside Streelman at 7:23 a.m. (1223 GMT) in Thursday's opening round at Bellerive Country Club.

The fourth and final Major golf tournament of 2018 will tee off at Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis on Thursday, with American Justin Thomas trying to become the first repeat victor of the PGA Championship since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat in 2007.

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