Sports Woods in a better place heading into this PGA Championship

01:03  05 august  2020
01:03  05 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

Tiger to skip WGC-FedEx St. Jude in preparation for PGA Championship

  Tiger to skip WGC-FedEx St. Jude in preparation for PGA Championship Tiger Woods will skip next week's WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in preparation for the PGA Championship, he announced on Friday. "Disappointed to miss the WGC-FedEx St. Jude," Tiger said. "But (I'm) doing what I think is best to prepare me for the PGA Championship and upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs." Tiger is an eight-time winner of the WGC Invitational, but all of those victories came at Firestone Country Club prior to the event's relocation to"Disappointed to miss the WGC-FedEx St. Jude," Tiger said. "But (I'm) doing what I think is best to prepare me for the PGA Championship and upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Woods has made only one competitive appearance on the PGA Tour since it resumed in closed-doors format. “I don’t know if anyone in our generation has ever played without fans in a major championship . But it’s still a major championship . It’s still the best players in the world.

Tiger Woods has only made three PGA Tour appearances in 2020 due to injury and the coronavirus Going for a three-peat of three PGA Championships in a row is something special and this guy has Technically he's not swinging the club very well and we're seeing him hit a lot of blocks with his irons

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SAN FRANCISCO — The course is one Tiger Woods knows well and where he has winning memories. The PGA Championship is a major he has won four times, more than anyone except Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen.

Woods learned last year that brings no guarantee of playing well.

Coming off the deep emotions of a Masters victory that capped his remarkable comeback, Woods lasted only two days at Bethpage Black and missed the cut.

Koepka's biggest challenge is history in bid for 3 in a row

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Here are three reasons why Woods could thrive at the PGA Championship - and Playing in his first tournament since the Memorial in mid-July, Woods heads to a familiar place at TPC The 44-year-old won the WGC-American Express Championship at the venue in 2005, beating John Daly in a playoff

He said Tuesday he's in a much better place at the TPC Harding Park.

Never mind that Woods has played only one tournament — a tie for 40th at the Memorial — in the last six months because of the COVID-19 pandemic and his own limited schedule. The biggest difference was showing up on Sunday in the sunshine to play 18 holes at Harding Park, followed by nine holes Monday as fog crept through the cypress trees and the temperature plunged into the 50s.

A year ago, he played 18 holes a week before the PGA Championship and only nine holes in the three days leading to the opening round. This year, his approach appears more serious.

“After I won the Masters, it was a bit of a whirlwind," Woods said. “We got a chance to go to the White House and meet with our president. I celebrated winning the Masters for quite some time. Came to Bethpage and played awful, and felt like Brooks (Koepka) beat me by like 30 shots in two days."

Tiger Woods might have a new putter for the PGA Championship

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Every ride into work will take Woods past Lake Merced Golf Club, which in turn could spark a sense of warmth. The golf course has always had a special place in my heart. Two months earlier, Woods had blown his first 54-hole lead in a major, losing to Yang at the PGA Championship .

It wasn't that bad. Koepka pipped him by only 17 and went on to win a second straight Wanamaker Trophy.

“My game is better than it was going into that PGA,” Woods said, “and hopefully, I can put it together this week.”

They were encouraging words, not quite to the level he shared about a few past majors. Woods said that only three times in the 15 majors he won did he realize “all I had to do was keep my heartbeat going and I was going to win.”

One was his 12-shot victory in the 1997 Masters. The others were his 15-shot win at Pebble Beach in 2000 and his eight-shot win at St. Andrews in 2000.

“My game was clicking on all cylinders for maybe the week prior. The week of it, got a little bit better and just had to maintain it the rest of the week,” he said. “Those were the rare exceptions.”

He can't predict how his surgically repaired back will feel tomorrow, much less for an entire week. And he hasn't competed enough lately to get a true sense of how he will perform.

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The first and only major of the season is upon us, as the PGA Championship get underway on Monday at Harding Park, in a foggy corner of San Here are the five key questions heading into the week. Harding is the exactly the kind of place that needs to be celebrated, a course open to all that serves Can he keep the good mojo going? Woods has played only three tournaments this year: a solid tie

The 2020 PGA Championship will be the only major of the 2019-20 PGA Tour schedule, but the first of three majors played between now and One of the strongest fields in golf each and every year features all the top names from the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings, including No. 7 Tiger Woods .

Woods just knows it will be quiet. This is the first major without spectators. The atmosphere is nothing new for players who have been back at work for the last two months on the fan-free PGA Tour. The stakes are higher now with a major, no matter how silent it might be.

“The atmosphere will not be the same, and I can say from experience," Jon Rahm said. "You’re coming down the stretch and you’re hitting some shots and you don’t know what’s going on, you don’t know what the people in front of you are doing. And you’re hitting shots into the green and you don’t know how close they can be. It’s very odd down the stretch.”

It wasn't anything like that when Woods won at Harding Park in 2005, beating John Daly in a World Golf Championship that felt like a rock concert with two of the biggest draws in golf — one predictable, the other not so much — in a playoff. It was so loud that Woods recalled being half-deaf from the screaming.

And now there are only silent expectations, for him and so many others.

For the second straight year, Koepka comes to Northern California with a chance to win the same major three years in a row, a feat achieved by only six players in the 160-year history of the majors. He was runner-up at Pebble Beach last summer in the U.S. Open. Now he's the two-time defending champion for the PGA, and he found some form last week with a runner-up finish in a World Golf Championship.

Tiger sits 3 back after 1st-round 68 at PGA Championship

  Tiger sits 3 back after 1st-round 68 at PGA Championship Tiger Woods opened his quest for a 16th major title with a 2-under 68 in Round 1 of the PGA Championship on Thursday to sit three off the pace set by Jason Day. Playing in just his fifth competitive round since February, Woods started the day at TPC Harding Park with a scrappy birdie on the par-5 10th. He pulled his drive into the rough, then hit a squirely approach that left him short-sided. But a brilliant flop shot to eight feet helped him put an early circle on the card.Aside from two errant drives that led to bogeys on Nos. 2 and 14, Woods hit the ball well with a swing that looked healthy. He finished his round with positive figures in all strokes-gained categories.

Woods was not at his best again at Bellerive on Thursday. Of his 118-yard approach over water at the 11th hole, he said, “I stuck it in the ground,” coming Being grouped with two stars from the next wave had Woods in a reflective mind, and he recounted a story about playing with Jack Nicklaus at the

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“My game feels like it's in really, really good shape right now,” he said. “Every day is a lot more comfortable. I'm excited. This is a big-boy golf course.”

Harding Park at 7,251 yards feels long at sea level, with heavy air and marine layer so thick that the sun is a rumour. The PGA Championship has never been known for its sweaters. Woods said he was on the range Monday listening to players who were in Memphis, Tennessee, last week talking about the difference in how far the ball was going.

The cool air can be an issue for Woods, who has had four back surgeries and has struggled at times in the chill.

His back acted up in the cold of Riviera in Los Angeles in February, leading him to take off a few weeks, and then the pandemic shut down golf. Then again, his back didn't feel right in the July heat of Ohio for a few days. That's one area of his game Woods can't control.

“I know I won't have the same range of motion as I would back home in Florida where it’s 95 every day. That’s just the way it is,” Woods said. “I think the weather forecast is supposed to be like this all week — marine layer, cool, windy, and we're all going to have to deal with it.”

Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

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Tiger ends PGA Championship on positive note .
Tiger Woods ended the week on a positive note after posting a final-round 67 to finish his PGA Championship at 1-under par. Woods was well out of contention going into Sunday but showed some fight with three birdies in his opening seven holes at TPC Harding Park. He played the remainder of the round at even with a bogey on his final hole. He had his best day of driving on Sunday but was let down with his approach play. However, Tiger did gain strokes in every category on the final day for the second time this week. The 15-time major winner sat just outside the top 40 when his round ended.

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