Thomas recalls influence of Tiger's 2000 US PGA win

Virginia Santiago
August 9, 2018

In the final week for Americans to qualify for the Ryder Cup team, Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele wound up in the same group as USA captain Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship.

"It's possible he could do both", Furyk said Wednesday.

"If you can get on a nice run playing some good golf there, starting at the Masters, you can really let it run through the entire major season", he said. "It probably isn't the best pairing for them". And he was coming off a win in the NEC Invitational two weeks earlier as he arrived at Bellerive Country Club for the WGC-American Express Championship.

Woods briefly led the British Open on Sunday but shared sixth last month at Carnoustie, while Fleetwood shared 12th.

"It's stressful", he said. I think there was like a couple of clubs that I might have needed one, but it was all right. He's got a lot of top-10s. If you don't, you're still not in trouble because the chipping areas are pure and will allow players to spin the ball even from short distances. "You're going to see them stop dead, but you're also going to see a 6-iron stop dead".

Yet 30-year-old Day refuses to rest on his laurels, despite a career boasting 12 US PGA Tour titles, including two this year, as well as a long stint at world No.1. (Furyk made the adjustment from every player getting double major points to just the victor, hoping to protect the statistical integrity of players who won other events during the season).

"I was trading some information with Xander". "It's a big deal, but I think, once you get out on the golf course and you start the tournament, all you're thinking about is trying to shoot good scores and hit good golf shots".

The most popular player in the game completed an incredible recovery from back fusion surgery and has played a busy 2018 schedule, but there's seemingly a collective concern on golf Twitter that Woods could tweak a muscle with any given swing.

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The top four players already have clinched a spot for the September 28-30 matches in France - Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed.

Now ranked seventh, Rickie Fowler has a 359-point lead over No. 8 Webb Simpson.

"Any tournament's a tough one to win, but this one especially is".

"It's just incredible that I've literally seen his whole professional career", Love said. He made a decision to not to.

"There's a little corner from hole 9 to 10 and a little putting green, so there's just been guys going in and out all day", he said.

Stewart Cink was the only player with whom Furyk played twice in the opening rounds.

Among those in the top 50, Furyk also played once with Patrick Cantlay, Andrew Landry, Charles Howell III, Brandt Snedeker and James Hahn.

Schauffele, victor of the 2017 Tour Championship, certainly is in the mix for one of the 12 team spots. Everyone down to Chris Stroud at No. 85 in the standings has a mathematical chance by winning - maybe further down if the PGA raises its purse.

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Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April a year ago and admits he feels "blessed" simply to be able to compete again, but has already failed to convert several chances to claim his first victory since 2013.

Furyk said earlier this year he talked with Woods, who is a Ryder Cup vice captain, about the possibility of him playing in this year's event.

He certainly didn't have to endure the questions that followed Arnold Palmer, who tried for more than three decades to finish the Slam at the PGA, or Tom Watson, or spent 24 years chasing it. Here you will find players to target for this weekend's action, geared for cash games and tournament plays on Fanduel.

"It's fun to see him put himself in the mix", Furyk said. "And being 20th on the points with very few events is a pretty good spot". Player won the 1965 US Open and Price claimed the 1992 PGA Championship.

It looks like he has been trying to fix it. Rory has a golf game based on his driver swing. Everyone looks at differently.

"I've played very poorly over the past two years in majors, so I'm hungry to get back on top of that and try to get a win". "That's all my focus is on".

Heavy rain could be the least of the PGA of America's worries when the major moves from August to May next year.

"The great thing is I haven't hit a bad shot in two days. The preparations are done", he said. "I need to get some reps on the greens and see what's there".

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