US PGA Championship 2019: Can Tiger catch Jack?

Florence Fletcher
May 14, 2019

Even as memories are fresh of those impulsive chants from a Sunday unlike any other at Augusta National - "Tiger, Tiger, Tiger!" - the 101st PGA Championship is set to begin Thursday on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, New York. The 53-year-old former champion requested to use a cart, which the PGA of America approved under its American with Disabilities Act guidelines.

James Adducci has already become a very rich man by betting on Tiger Woods, earning $1.19 million when Tiger came through to win the Masters.

Koepka and Woods have developed a close rivalry at the majors, with Koepka heading a 1-2 finish at the PGA at Bellerive before Woods turned the tables at Augusta, where he clinched his 15th major title.

An electric atmosphere is expected to greet the 15-time major victor next week at the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black with huge numbers of casual television golf fans likely to lift ratings to record levels. William Hill US has reportedly paid out four seven-figure payouts, including Adducci's first bet and three winning wagers on the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl. The unheralded South Korean capitalised on a strangely poor display from Woods and captured first place on the back nine. It was his third major of his career.

Do not be surprised if birdies prove hard to come by at this week's US PGA Championship.

It is a windfall the PGA of America could not have fathomed in August 2017.

'I generally say every course suits me and then see where we go from there.

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Eyebrows were raised when Adducci claimed that his $85,000 bet on Woods to win the Masters was his first.

Even LaCava was surprised when Woods opted not to play the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago at Quail Hollow.

He now gets the job done the old fashioned way, by relentlessly hitting greens in regulation.

We'll never know if Daly's knee was in bad enough shape he'd have to withdraw from the event had his request for a cart been denied. Lucas Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open on a sloppy Bethpage course that took on so much rain it took five days to get in 72 holes.

"I felt for a long time he was going to win again", Nicklaus told Golf Channel the night Woods won the Masters.

Woods has enjoyed a fortnight of range-time since - as well as picking up the President's Medal of Freedom at the White House - and made a reconnaissance mission to the venue last week.

"The fairways are not overly wide or generous, so I think there's certainly going to be a premium on keeping the ball on the fairway and keeping it straight from the tee and then obviously good iron play into the greens", Haigh said in a recent conference call. As remarkable as his Masters win was, he's not almost the same golfer who won the "Tiger Slam". With wet weather in the forecast for the next several days, all eyes will be on Woods to see how his surgically repaired back and knee hold up this week. Woods is the favorite to win the tournament at 8-1, and after his big win at the Masters, it's likely he'll continue to be among the favorites throughout the majors this year.

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