Woods, Koepka, Molinari to tee off early in first round at PGA

14 May, 2019, 03:54 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • US President Donald Trump presents US golfer Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC

Another factor plays heavily into Woods's hands: he has won at Bethpage before, in the US Open of 2002. "I just thought it was a typical professional Tiger Woods performance, really".

Koepka's power off the tee should be of great benefit on Bethpage's Black Course, which poses a fearsome challenge and measures at a massive 7,459 yards.

One of the favorites at the PGA Championship withdrew Monday.

"I'll be watching him very closely".

Wisconsin man James Adducci turned an $85,000 outlay into a $1.65 million (AU) payday after Woods' epic 15th major title, despite claiming he'd never placed a bet on a sporting event before.

Fox, who will partner American Aaron Wise and Japan's Shugo Imahira for the first two rounds, followed Woods' group for the first two rounds at last year's Open at Carnoustie when he finished tied for 39th.

"You've seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and I would not be in this position without all your help", he said.

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After being held since 1972 in the summer, the PGA Championship's move to May should ensure milder weather and more attention from U.S. sports fans whose thoughts by August have invariably turned to American football. The AW Tillinghast design on Long Island, which has previously hosted a pair of U.S. Opens and a pair of FedEx Cup Playoff events, always presents a stiff test for the world's best, and this year should be no different. Despite the traditional inclusion of a clutch of club pros this is the only major able to boast all of the world's top 100 players in its field. Woods did manage to win all four events between 2000 and 2001. And more rain and cool weather are in the forecast for the next two days.

Recent form would suggest a struggle for Spieth. He hasn't been in contention since he played in the final group of the British Open past year.

The PGA has held mostly an August slot since 1969, though there was an odd staging of the major in February in Florida in 1971 (won by Jack Nicklaus), and a move to July to accommodate the Summer Olympics in 2016. "But I don't mind that". Now, as part of a newly-condensed golf schedule, Woods, Koepka, and company will converge on the Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. this week for the 2019 PGA Championship.

Bubba has performed rather well at Bethpage Black previously.

"The way he played and where he hit it coming in, he was hitting it into the safe spots some of the time and birdieing the par-5s like he should and getting up-and-down like he should and making those five and six-footers like he should".

That was the risk the PGA Championship took in moving to May.

What likely won't change is the energy outside the ropes. It has only added to the hype surrounding his next assault on the majors at Bethpage, starting on Thursday, with the Golf Channel website summing up the ludicrous sense of expectation with the headline: "If Tiger wins the US PGA, we're talking Grand Slam.' As Faldo is keen to stress, that remains a rather large "if".

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