Bjorn pulls out of PGA Championship with back injury

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas tried valiantly to get Jarrod Lyle's trademark bucket hat to the tournament but they had to settle for yellow ribbons. Pic GettyMore

This PGA will mark four years since Rory McIlroy's last victory in a major, and he surely couldn't ask for a more ideal venue to try to end the drought.

Bellerive has its own historic genealogy to add to the cachet of number 100.

Fleetwood has been no worse than 17th in the year's three major championships to date and famously carded a record-equalling final round of 63 in the US Open to finish just a shot behind defending champion Brooks Koepka. But he fired his lowest final round in five years to take fourth in June at the PGA National and led in the British Open final round before sharing sixth at Carnoustie.

The 14-time Major victor finished second behind Paul Casey in the Valspar Championship in March and was in contention at Bay Hill the following week before driving out of bounds on the 16th hole of the final round.

It's been 25 years since the USA, which possesses the chalice at the moment, has won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil - 1993 at the Belfry in England.

MAJOR JOY FOR CBS: The PGA Championship's move to May next season means CBS will broadcast three consecutive major championships - the network also is the longtime partner of the Masters. He gives his thoughts on this week's tournament. "It's humbling to see her and her friends and the struggles they go through each day that we take for granted". The weekend at Firestone, with as much player history as any course on TOUR, was a clinic for that sort of firepower. Suddenly a golf tournament no longer seemed important. "When I go to a professional tennis tournament, a lot of times I hang out at the practice court, just watching the tennis players hit, to see how they go about preparing". "Having Tiger around for the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup for the younger players to get to know him a lot better will ease that situation". "I guess it focuses you straight away". There are also four captain's picks up for grabs.

"By March I saw that his game was in a lot better shape and his health was in a lot better shape", Furyk said. He changed that delivery. They don't play their favorite shot. It's similar to Congressional, where Rees Jones did the same thing.

Tiger Woods believes that the golf course is going to be tough to play on due to the increased heat and the damp greens. They had massive greens, and you became a little lazy with that fact. I've been through it all before with my back and I'm just trying to manage it.

I had a tendency to wander. So I think he's an easy pick from that regard.

The Spaniard has missed the cut in six of his last 10 events and dropped to 23rd in the world from 10th at the end of 2017. Which is the harder task? He's learning what you have to do on the back nine of a major on Sunday. And [that] it hasn't been done that often.

"I was trading some information with Xander and I ..."

And while Woods has not spoken in past months of his physical well-being confirmation he underwent ice treatment on his back on Monday has many observers wondering if Woods is covering-up his true fitness. He is playing fantastic.

"I was in that situation paired with Davis (Love) looking for a spot in "16", Furyk said". Is that something you can fix in one week to be competitive? "One of the main challenges we have is to ensure that golf is front and center, while the technology remains a complementary part of the puzzle". And that driver swing leaks down into the short irons, which is the dropping of a plane to the inside on the down swing. "That's all I'm going to say". And there is some speed with it. "I know that Tiger always wanted to compete, and he's been moving up the points this year which has been fun to watch". It was going back on one plane and coming down on the same plane.

"The only thing I haven't done is win enough". If he cleans that up, he might have a shot. So you've got two very, very solid teams and we have our hands full.

Dan Reardon has covered golf for radio station KMOX in St. Louis for 33 years.

"I think you've got a battle of two giants", Furyk said of the two teams. During his broadcast career, Reardon conducted one-on-one interviews with three dozen members of the World Golf of Fame.

But, the golfer who was picked more than any other was 28-year-old Tony Finau.

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