PGA Championship: First round tee off

Florence Fletcher
August 12, 2018

"I have put myself in contention in the majors".

"If you win two majors, it tells you the first one wasn't a fluke; even though the way I won the PGA definitely wasn't a fluke". I've given myself a lot of chances. "He motivated me to get where I am now".

The world's golfing gaze will hone in on Bellerive Golf Course in St Louis, MO, for the final major of the year.

"I have the time to look around a little more closely", he said.

"I can still make it a great year", he said.

"But it's a process".

"It's just that there's going to be certain days that I'm just not going to have the speed and flexibility and the movement that I once did, " Woods said. Inside the heart of a fan is that Woods will force his way to win another major.

"I was scripted to wear a dark blue shirt, so luckily I had a version of yellowish and I'm happy (I) could support Jarrod", Fowler said. "He was in bed".

But anecdotal evidence would suggest that Woods had a stiff back on Saturday when he shot a 73 at Firestone Country Club, making just one birdie. But I don't feel any added pressure from it.

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But they aren't the reason Day is desperate to hoist the trophy at Missouri's Bellerive Country Club this week. The American is hoping to become the first back-to-back victor at the PGA Championship since Tiger Woods in 2006 and 2007.

'If it happens or doesn't happen through the rest of this calendar year, I'm working in the right direction, I'm doing the right things and if you get yourself in position enough, the bounces will go your way'.

"I didn't get up here pre British Open and yesterday (Monday) I took the day off".

He made it under the tunnel to find two more people stopping him for pictures.

"I needed that day off".

Woods found the thick zoysia rough right of the 10th to start the round, forcing him to hack back to the fairway. "So things are going to be different from day-to-day, and it's just about managing it".

In the Americans' last chance to qualify for the Ryder Cup, only Johnson, Koepka, Thomas and Reed are already assured a place in Paris, with Bubba Watson and Spieth sure to make it.

The 31-year-old, playing his third major of the year, was rapt to slot two clutch putts on 17 and 18 to finish his round birdie-birdie and get into the red numbers he felt his round deserved.

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