Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Tiger, McIlroy in 'deep end' early in 100th PGA duel

Tiger, McIlroy in 'deep end' early in 100th PGA duel

Coverage on the opening Thursday starts at 1.30pm BST with live coverage starting at 2.23pm when Justin Thomas, the defending champion, will start his first round.

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.

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

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And he still stands firm at 42 and many are questioning whether he could be in with a chance this year.

The 54-year-old struggled with injuries in recent years and underwent hip replacement surgery last November, but made his 756th PGA Tour appearance at the Barbasol Championship in July. I haven't closed out those tournaments as I would have liked, but at least I'm putting myself in position, and that's all I can do.

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

"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. "I played in a lot of final groups and I haven't played well enough when it has counted".

"I might put a few noses out of joint by saying, but in my opinion, (he's) the best player that's ever played the game", said Bjørn. 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. But he fired his lowest final round in five years to take fourth in June at the PGA National and led in the British Open final round before sharing sixth at Carnoustie.

Thomas talked about getting himself back into contention.

"I literally haven't set foot on this golf course since that week in 2001", Woods said.

"Without a doubt, the next step in my career is to win in America, win a major".

The 14-time Major victor finished second behind Paul Casey in the Valspar Championship in March and was in contention at Bay Hill the following week before driving out of bounds on the 16th hole of the final round.

"He's been a model and an idol for me growing up, and it's nice to see him back playing good golf, and hopefully we'll be paired together late on Sunday again this week".

But on Tuesday it was Thomas Bjørn, with four captain's picks for his European squad to take on the United States in Paris next month, who was quizzed about Woods.

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