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

Justin Thomas dedicated his win to former PGA Tour player Jarrod Lyle who is battling cancer for the third time

GETTY IMAGES Justin Thomas dedicated his win to former PGA Tour player Jarrod Lyle who is battling cancer for the third time

Tiger Woods only managed to play five holes on a course he hasn't seen in 17 years. McIlroy is the best driver of the golf ball in the world, and if the course plays soft due to the rain then he could run away with major No. 5.

The other was Woods, who has done it twice. The par-3 sixth is Bellerive's shortest hole at 213 yards, and with little room for error, can be one of its most hard.

"I'm sure Jordan feels a little bit different this week than he does the other three majors, but that's normal", McIlroy said. I started this year at 11th, I'm back up to fifth.

Thomas has come into his own.

"I realized that it was a great way for me to introduce kids in the inner city to something that I was not introduced to when I was a kid growing up in south central Los Angeles", he said.

This is a deep friendship that transcends any rivalry, and Thomas was never overly bothered by the mention of being Spieth's close friend.

Oosthuizen, who completed the unwanted feat of a career Slam of second-place finishes in golf's four elite events a year ago, is the highest-ranked of the half dozen golfers carrying the South African flag this week.

There remains another shadow that was even stronger at Bellerive, and Thomas fully expects that.

Beau HosslerHossler plays out of Trinity Forest in Dallas, Texas which lays out very similar to what Bellerive offers. Before, and as I was alluding to earlier, I didn't really have any of those issues when I was early in my career because I didn't have a fixed point in my back.

Kostis should know. He helped his own son, who had a similar procedure in nearly the exact same place in his lower back, make the same kind of adjustments to his swing. Now, Woods must "get the mindset back prior to all the injuries and all the surgeries".

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He briefly led the British Open on Sunday, and after one week of recovery, Woods began a stretch that could include seven starts in the span of two months if he plays the full FedEx Cup playoff slate. All that did was ratchet up the hysteria that perhaps another major is in the cards.

Golf's biggest names will compete for glory at the 100th PGA Championship, the final major of the season, taking place August 9-12 at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.

"It will be pretty insane out there". "I feel like my body is good; I need to keep it that way". So yeah, it will be a cool week.

Probably back-to-back tournaments. That has been proven over the history of golf to be the hardest thing, because the press notifies you right away what you are trying accomplish.

The players with Woods on Wednesday - and for the next two days - were telling.

The USGA is often criticized for its U.S. Open setups, whether that's because of long, thick rough or penal green speeds that are created to produce a specific winning score.

With the 100th PGA Championship kicking off Thursday, it's time to get the answer to those questions and check out the five golfers with the best chance to lift the Wanamaker Trophy.

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. Thomas is expected to be one of the top performers during this upcoming tournament.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth will make his second try at completing a Career Grand Slam after sharing 28th previous year at Quail Hollow. I felt like I was in control of what I was doing, and that felt good. Can Thomas go where only Woods has gone before? For Spieth, a place among the most elite group in golf.

Woods indicated his comeback, and what we expected for him to confirm, has been all physical than mental.

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