Johnson raring to go after rare break ahead of PGA Championship

Justin Thomas drives from the eighth tee during the second round of the Masters

Justin Thomas drives from the eighth tee during the second round of the Masters

Koepka will chase a fourth major title in three years at this week's PGA Championship and the American world number three has already written off half of the players who will be competing at the Bethpage Black Course.

Having claimed a top 10 when the US Open was played at Bethpage back in 2009, the two-time USPGA Championship victor will be on confident mood when the event - taking place in May for the first time since 1949 - gets underway at the beastly 7,459-yard par 70 course tomorrow (Thursday). "I was happy the way I fought on Sunday and the way I played, but obviously I was hoping for more at the beginning of the day", Molinari said.

I like Koepka a lot here and I wish I had the guts to take Tiger, but this is where I think Rory gets back to his winning ways at majors. "Now I think it's just maintaining it", he explained. He's a different person. "It's just done differently". Momentum certainly factors into the decision to place him as the favorite, as he has placed highly in his last three major tournaments.

"Players want to have a buzz", Harrington said.

Perhaps unsurprisingly American broadcasters CBS are equally delighted, with veteran presenter Jim Nantz adding: "Who would have ever forecast that the PGA Championship would walk into year one of this coming on the heels of one of the greatest moments in the history of the sport?" "So it's a much later date for the picks". Who's going to play good and who can win? "Nobody has an excuse not to turn up at the BMW Championship in the UK. It's tackle football, both playing it and walking it", Waugh said. "The golf course was everything I thought it was and more".

To Harrington, nothing compares with representing the continent in what has become the most intense event in golf. "It is a huge deal to play in the Ryder Cup team in terms of people's careers".

Enjoy major championship golf this week, it will surely be an epic week of viewership that'll be talked about for many years to come. "This is a proper golf course and every hole essentially has elevation change".

Daly, 53, is being allowed to use a cart with no roof because of arthritis in his right knee that he says prevents him from walking more than six holes.

There is no doubt: Tiger Woods is back.

"As far as J.D. taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg", Woods said. A sidenote to that 2002 U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson finished second, three shots back of Woods and it is still the only time that those two finished in the top two spots on the leaderboard in a major.

Ahead of this week's US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, the Italian went into detail about the physical problems he was battling at the tournament, and hinted they had contributed to his challenge faltering on Sunday.

You know, that's a great question because the only other time where I've taken four weeks off prior to major championships is going from the British Open to the PGA.

Meanwhile, Corey Conners will make his PGA Championship debut by virtue of his Valero Texas Open victory in April.

Lacking the mystique of the Masters, brutality of the US Open or quirkiness of the Open Championship, the USPGA has been regarded as golf's most bland and faceless major championship.

He "was not ready" and withdrew from the Wells Fargo event earlier in May.

Singh, who won at Sahalee in 1998, cited a back injury for withdrawing. In 2017 at Quail Hollow, the Abbotsford, B.C., product missed the cut by eight shots while past year at Bellerive he was snipped by three strokes. He was replaced by Kelly Kraft. It includes David Duval and Davis Love III.

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