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

Ruben Hill
August 9, 2018

For his part, Woods admits he will have plenty of homework to do as he looks to claim a 15th major title in the US PGA Championship.

The 34-year-old will start his quest for a second Major and his first win on United States soil alongside Belgium's Thomas Pieters and American Bill Haas.

"I have three or four weeks before I have to make those picks".

Key statistic: Tiger Woods is the only player to win the PGA Championship back-to-back in stroke play. "We want those types of players on the team".

Of that group, Reed (Masters) and Molinari (British Open) join Koepka as the other winners of this year's Major tournaments.

'I think going in there was a big focus on it, given it was right after winning the Open Championship, so it was fresh, I was in form and going to a place that - if I worked up the leaderboard - it would create a lot of noise.

"You have to make the most of everything, you have to see the positives and just move on and forget about it and that's what I've tried to do this year".

The 42-year-old also missed the 2008 BMW Championships at the same venue due to injury and was only able to play five holes in practice before his pre-tournament press conference yesterday due to thunderstorms. Inflammation where? "Everywhere", Woods said. "It's going to be hot, it's going to be wet, and fortunately I'm one of the guys who hit the ball high and get the ball up in the air, and you just need to get the ball out there".

"There's going to be certain days that I'm just not going to have the speed and the flexibility and the movement that I once did. So things are going to be different from day-to-day, and it's just about managing it". I didn't really have those issues when I was early in my career because I didn't have a fixed point in my back.

Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April past year and admits he feels "blessed" simply to be able to compete again, but has already failed to convert several chances to claim his first victory since 2013.

Woods only concern now, and like that of all teeing-up this week in St. Louis, is the weather.

Fleetwood's US Open bid was damaged by a third-round 78, and he was one shot off the lead at the halfway stage of The Open before falling back on the Saturday.

And with a second at the Valspar Championship, a fourth at the Quicken Loans and a gutsy share of sixth at Carnoustie Woods was asked how he felt entering his 14th event of the year. The only thing I haven't done is win enough.

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