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Garcia's form a concern ahead of Ryder Cup

09 August 2018

Tiger Woods has predicted golf's big hitters will hold the US PGA Championship to ransom with soft, wet conditions forecasted for the year's final major.

Welcome to the 100th PGA Championship, which feels kind of like "Jurassic Park" in the sense that here, just wandering around and true to life, are the greatest golfers of this generation, right here in your own backyard ... well, not your backyard - some super-rich person who lives on a golf course's backyard - but you know what I mean, St. Louis' backyard, so to speak. "It's like there's two scoreboards - one for playing, and one you're getting at home checking out the guys around you". "I guess it focuses you straight away".

That trio and top-ranked Dustin Johnson are oddsmakers favorites for the year's last major event on a rain-softened course where length will help but second shots into tight landing areas will be critical. "The ball is just plugging out there, and if anything it favors a guy who hits the ball high".

As he remembers that day and the decision to cancel the event, Woods says Finchem made the right call.

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And all these good players you see now, these superstars will now play the ball one way or the other. Woods, 42, has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and not won any event since 2013, having missed most of the past two years with back injuries. He had to learn how to swing.

"And I've got another one in this bag", he said. "To get to this point is a phenomenal achievement already".

At Wisconsin's Whistling Straits course, Day became the first major victor to finish with a 72-hole total of 20-under-par.

Francesco Molinari was given the courtesy of a few questions about the impact of his historic British Open win at Carnoustie last month - the first major triumph by an Italian - but the media did not want to know how it felt to hoist the Claret Jug so much as what it was like playing the final round with Woods. Very much like McIlroy, Day falls into the "due a big win" category and recent fine form suggests it could come at Bellerive. I've never had a spinal restriction before, and I played all those years without it. I played in a lot of final groups and I haven't played well enough when it's counted.

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Amassing more points, wins and goals than any other Premier League team set sky-high standards at Eastlands. Whether Sergio Aguero starts or not is debatable but he'll be well worth backing to score if he does.

Spieth arrives at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis needing a victory to become only the sixth player to win all four modern majors - joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Woods hasn't played the tournament since 2015. Can Jordan Spieth complete the career grand slam?

Skinny: Like Schauffele, he'll play the first two rounds here with Furyk, and he also got some quality time with the captain during a scouting trip to Paris before The Open. It's what I build my year around.

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". OK are you ready for the targets? So things are going to be different from day to day, and it's just about managing it.

"I like the players we have, but we'll be looking to fill that in. The people at American Express were struggling at the time", Woods said.

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However, a two-over-par 74 dropped him into a tie for fourth place, two shots behind eventual victor Russell Knox. Fellow early starter McIlroy, by contrast, was extremely pleased after he mixed four birdies with two bogeys.

Wrong, in that an "era" arguably suggests a period of domination, and despite the plaudits for his play and demeanor during that breakthrough Masters win - fellow Texan and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw said Spieth was "way mature beyond his years" - the Woods-esque domination hasn't quite yet occurred.

Garcia's form a concern ahead of Ryder Cup