We could be facing the strongest ever European team, warns Furyk

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

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.

Finished in the top 20, too.

Jason Day - The Australian is a little overlooked coming into this week, but the course sets up well for those who draw the golf ball and Day might be one of the best in the game. If he breaks or loses one, there is no recourse. They don't play their favorite shot. "It's still a work in progress", McIlroy said. Is that something you can fix in one week to be competitive? It would have been worse if it was like a wedge or something maybe. It features a plethora of greenside bunkers on almost every hole, but the greens are above-average in size so most golfers should not be challenged too much when it comes to approach shots. I think there was like a couple of clubs that I might have needed one, but it was all right. "Yesterday I spent a few times in the ice bath just trying to get some inflammation down and just trying to get ready for the rest of the week". Of the top 31 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, only three (Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman) are not from the USA or Europe. He won twice on the European Tour past year and captured the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January to keep the hot streak going. At the PGA Championship, 20 tournament spots go to the top 20 finishers in the PGA Professional Championship.

Undoubtedly a major-champion-in-waiting, the supremely talented Rahm may well end his short wait for a big title on Sunday.

He could do both at Bellerive.

"Blessed. Very blessed. As I was saying earlier, I didn't really know if I was going to be here or not at this level and very blessed to be here".

Johnson is also among those favored to win, after a victory at the RBC Canadian Open (PGA Tour) and a bronze medal at WGC-Bridgestone.

Thomas will enter in good form after victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week.

"Well, it's not easy to win major championships", Woods said.

"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.

As I mentioned above, one of the biggest difference between Majors Challenge and many other fantasy golf games are the alternates.

The speculation over Woods' sudden decline may have contributed to his PGA Championship odds slipping in Vegas.

Jeff Sluman won for the first time at Oak Tree in 1988.

Woods went out with Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and J.B. Holmes in the afternoon for a frenzied practice round that already had a big major feel.

But the PGA? It's just a kind of Tour event on steroids.

"The ball is just plugging (when it lands), and if anything, it favours a guy who hits the ball high because we're not going to get any run". "You know, you could win five times in a year and not win a major, and some people would think, "Well, you haven't won a major" - for some of the elite anyway".

Fleetwood doesn't seem to have much trouble with that.

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.

This weekend at Bellerive is the last chance to earn points and automatically make the team.

Thomas Bjorn has withdrawn on the eve of the PGA Championship after an old back injury flared up, giving first alternate Kevin Streelman a spot in the field at Bellerive.

"I think that's one of the best times I swung the club really well at that point in time", McIlroy said.

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