Course familiarity could give Tiger edge in upcoming majors

Carrie Guzman
May 18, 2019

The PGA Championship, which has been moved up from its traditional August date, used to cap a busy four-week stretch of tournaments for Johnson but the schedule change has given him an extended break.

"There's 156 in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I'm just going to beat", Koepka told a news conference.

"I think the main thing, like I said before, is to get into that situation as often as possible; then you're going to win some and lose some like everyone", Molinari said.

"Not at all. He's the best player I've ever played with or seen, " Daly said.

Here are pairings and tee times for some of the more popular players in the tournament this year, according to the PGA's Tour official website (all times EDT). "Wedge game is going to be a big factor".

Tiger-mania is back in full force after he ended his 11-year Major drought by winning the Masters last month, and Woods is one of the favourites on a course where he lifted the US Open trophy in 2002. The course management (aka shorter hitters) players on Tour will have to muscle up to keep up with the bombers as they will have an advantage this weekend. I think he's got the game to deal with what will likely be brutal conditions at Bethpage.

"Coming here is a different story; I've put in the time and I feel rested and ready", he said.

"We got some feedback, most of it on the swing". Different tournament, same result?

"Condition wise it might be a little bit different, especially judging by how it's been the last few days in NY but it's still a great event just as it has been in the past".

So far, the American star has seven top-10 finishes, which includes a tie for second place at the Masters.

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You know, I wanted to play at Quail Hollow, but to be honest with you, I wasn't ready yet to start the grind of practicing and preparing and logging all those hours again.

"I've enjoyed the courses that we've played in the past". The 12-foot eagle putt he needed to win the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay turned into a three-putt par and a silver medal.

"It's just a course where you need to hit the fairways, but even if you do hit the fairways, then there's a long way to go. But it's a great test of golf".

The 36-year-old Italian led late in the final round at Augusta National before a pair of double bogeys on the back nine allowed Tiger Woods to pull away for his 15th career major crown.

"The only other time where I've taken four weeks off prior to major championships is going from the British Open to the PGA", he noted. Stenson has always been one of the best in the game and could walk away with his second major.

"That's how he wins at Firestone six times, he wins Bay Hill six times".

"It was about 100 degrees in Bellerive last year when we played this event and this year is obviously a lot colder - we're up north here in NY, and at this time of the year". I know that I feel better when I'm fresh.

He has not played the Masters since 2006 and the U.S. Open since 2005.

Thanks to a lot of rain in NY the past few days, it's going to be wet at Bethpage, so the guys who can go long off the tee will contend. It was two years after that, in 1999 at Medinah Country Club, where Woods captured his first PGA, defeating a young Sergio Garcia by a single stroke.

Harrington, who won back-to-back Majors that summer after winning The Open, at Carnoustie, said: "I'm coming off a broken wrist during the winter".

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