Thomas recalls influence of Tiger's 2000 US PGA win

Heather Diaz
August 9, 2018

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"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", Woods said. "A good year becomes a phenomenal year with a major championship". That was on the 11th and I drove home on the 13th, 17 hours to get back home to Florida. He understood that Spieth, who turned pro a year earlier and effectively had a two-year start on him, has more majors, has won more tournaments, reached No. 1 first and stayed there longer. If one of your starters fails to make it to the first tee, he is automatically replaced by your alternate from that group. Your score is your lineup's total relative to par. "So, yeah, I mean I can probably relate a little bit". "But, I think, within myself, I would be happier to play the golf that I'm playing because I'm giving myself chances almost every week that I tee it up".

Dealing with all the noise would be more exhausting than playing five of six weeks - the current expected schedule - but Woods has always been good about shutting out such distractions and going about his business. He's got a lot of top-10s.

Longtime golf instructor Peter Kostis thinks Tiger Woods has done "exactly what he needs to do" in remaking his swing after spinal fusion finally allowed him to overcome his back problems. He's learning what you have to do on the back nine of a major on Sunday. That being said, there is still some risk he withdraws in the middle of the tournament or isn't himself because of the injury. "You look up in the locker room, the physios are working overtime up there right now".

Francesco Molinari was given the courtesy of a few questions about the impact of his historic British Open win at Carnoustie last month - the first major triumph by an Italian - but the media did not want to know how it felt to hoist the Claret Jug so much as what it was like playing the final round with Woods.

The impromptu meeting was much more than simply a pep talk, the reigning PGA Tour player of the year doesn't need that. You really have to take notice of that.

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"I only had to think about it for about a month", Woods said of the career Slam.

Thomas, last year's PGA Player of the Year and top money victor, has two other wins this season - the Honda Classic in February and last October's CJ Cup in South Korea.

The last August edition of the event before next year's move to May also has Thomas coming off a win at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational against a similar world-class field. "It doesn't make it any harder that I'm trying to defend". I'm 42 now and I've had four back surgeries. Cantlay is ranked eighth on the PGA Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green this year. I think the big thing is how the ball's going to react on the greens, because there's not a lot of base underneath the grass and there's not a lot of root system.

The reigning PGA Championship victor averages 313.8 yards off the tee, putting him ninth on the PGA Tour in driving distance and within spitting distance of big hitters such as Dustin Johnson.

Preparing for the major in May, fighting against the elements and remnants of wintry conditions, could be a concern and put additional stress on the superintendents and crews of the courses up north that are slated to host the PGA Championship in the future - and there are many.

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