Talk with caddie helps defending PGA champ Thomas win

Justin Thomas poses with the Gary Player Cup trophy after holding his nerve to win the Bridgestone Invitational

Woods favored driver off the tee and will probably hit around 8-10 of them per round this week, a high number relative to the rest of this comeback. Woodland was startled to learn the greens were off limits to the members of Bellerive, home to the 100th PGA Championship, following a nasty 1-2 punch from Mother Nature. I feel like I had a much easier time choosing players from Group D for The Open Championship, even if one of my three missed cuts came from that group. All might well be captain's picks, but all would like to take the decision out of captain Jim Furyk's hands.

"It's stressful", he said.

"I want to try and win the grand slam in my career (all four majors), but mind you I would take 10 PGA Championships if that's what it had to be". It's like there's two scoreboards - one for playing and one you're checking out the guys around you. Rory does both those things really well.

That's why he sent a text to Schauffele, the PGA Tour rookie of the year last season who contended deep into the British Open on Sunday until a bogey on the 17th hole left him two shots behind. (Furyk made the adjustment from every player getting double major points to just the victor, hoping to protect the statistical integrity of players who won other events during the season).

If not, the 25-year-old from San Diego might see this as an audition.

With heavy downpours on Tuesday, several long suspensions in play forced many in the field to abandon practice rounds at a soggy Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri.

The shakiest positions are those of Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, now in 7th and 8th, respectively, who will have to keep watch for Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau behind them.

Bevacqua, who is leaving to become president of NBC Sports Group, said it's still possible the PGA could elsewhere or even stay in Florida. He chose to not to.

Stewart Cink was the only player with whom Furyk played twice in the opening rounds.

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Koepka has won the last two U.S. Opens.

The reigning PGA Championship victor averages 313.8 yards off the tee, putting him ninth on the PGA Tour in driving distance and within spitting distance of big hitters such as Dustin Johnson. He is fifth on the PGA Tour in Par 4 Scoring, second in Strokes Gained: Approach and fourth in Scrambling from the Sand.

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. He already is a vice captain and has talked to Furyk since January about the possibility of a dual role if he also played. If he can show any form over the next month, he's a good bet to land one of Furyk's captain's picks. "It's another chance to give myself a chance to win a golf tournament".

As for the back, Rose said a joint tightened up last week and that he could have played through it had it been the end of the season. Before, I didn't really have any of those issues early in my career because I didn't have a fixed point in my back.

Tiger Woods believes that the golf course is going to be tough to play on due to the increased heat and the damp greens. "It doesn't make it any harder that I'm trying to defend".

The Masters is always a bit low-key compared to other tournaments, as far as crowd behavior goes. Everyone looks at differently.

One year ago, many golf fans had lost hope that Tiger Woods would ever return to competitive golf and be able to compete at a high level. "That's all my focus is on".

With the Masters in April, the PGA Championship in May and the U.S. Open in June, the final major on the calendar will be the British Open in July.

"The only thing I haven't done is win enough".

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