Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Rickie Fowler takes first-round lead at PGA

Tiger Woods is expected to draw increased attention to this week's PGA Championship Tiger Woods is expected to draw increased attention to this week's PGA Championship
Kristopher Love | 11 August, 2018, 22:31

Regardless, I have thoughts and opinions on who is going to take down the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club just outside of St. Louis.

Ryder Cup: The PGA Championship is the final event for players to finish among the top eight qualifiers for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

This week represents a last shot for some of these top players to make their 2018 with a victory.

Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari won the Masters, US Open and The Open respectively, and they tee off at 7.15pm. Rain fell again in 2013 for the Senior PGA Championship, when the hugely popular Fred Couples withdrew early in the week and Kohki Idoki beat Kenny Perry and local hero Jay Haas to provide Bellerive with a relatively unknown victor.

"I was scripted to wear a dark blue shirt, so luckily I had a version of yellowish and I'm happy (I) could support Jarrod", Fowler said. "Yesterday I spent a few times in the ice bath just trying to get some inflammation down and just trying to get ready for the rest of the week". Now, Woods must "get the mindset back prior to all the injuries and all the surgeries". I started this year at 11th, I'm back up to fifth. The only thing I haven't done is win enough. I knew if had decent tee shots on 17 or 18, they're both birdie chances. "It's something you have to sort of ease through and learn how to manage your time (because) you're basically playing a practice round like you're playing a in a final group on Sunday".

Justin Thomas won at the PGA to go to four wins and ultimately won the FedExCup after a five-win season making him the easy choice. He can lose it to Rose if Rose wins and Johnson finishes worse than in a tie for seventh. It's really cool to be a part of that conversation, and I think you have to embrace it, you have to relish it, you have to just go at it and know that, if you do win this week, you're going to join a very, very elite club.

Some players had grumbled after early practice rounds about brown patches on some of the greens, but Haigh said Wednesday that's hard to avoid given the oppressive summer heat in St. Louis.

Thomas talked about getting himself back into contention.

"If I don't get injured again, stay healthy and hitting it the way I'm hitting it right now, I would think I could play a few more competitively", Love added.

Quoteworthy: "I've had a really good year so far".

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"The grip-it-and-rip-it approach is probably closer to how I play every week anyway". He hopes that his health will allow him to play in many more majors.