Bethpage is 'long, very long and extremely long': Molinari

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Away from Woods' pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles, there is the small matter of Jordan Spieth attempting to complete the career grand slam, and Brooks Koekpa looking to defend his title as he did in last year's US Open. "I was lifting - my numbers were good, I was feeling good in the gym, but I wasn't mentally prepared to log in the hours".

"I like the date". "Whether I'm dominant or not going forward, that remains to be seen". It got a little hot in August in places like Southern Hills. But I think sometimes in those circumstances, you ask a lot to your body, and then at some point you're going to pay a price for it.

The 43-year-old was also sixth when the tournament returned in 2009 and leads the PGA Tour in greens in regulation this season. "As well as the Golf Channel Wednesday morning, when they bashed me pretty good, and a few others". "Wedge game is going to be a big factor".

A more spectacular warning sign for the world's top players came a month ago when Tiger Woods ended a perennial will-he-won't-he debate with one of sport's great comebacks.

Fifty players are averaging 300 yards or more on the PGA Tour this year. The same can be said for Xander Schauffle, but I can't get over his struggles around February and March to confidently say he's a 2019 major champion.

Woods ranked only slightly higher at 47th but accuracy was never his strongest suit and none of the sell-out crowd at Bethpage will care about such statistics if the 101st US PGA ends with Woods celebrating more improbable major glory. Different tournament, same result?

NY fans will give you delight or misery, as when they taunted a waggle-prone Sergio Garcia in 2002. Despite the disappointment at the Masters, he's had seven (!) top-10 finishes this year including a win at The Players.

Live stream: You can watch Rounds 3 and 4 of the PGA Championship Saturday and Sunday on CBS All Access - start a free trial. "How much do I play and how much do I rest", he suggested. "But it's a great test of golf".

"Familiarity with courses is key for him", McLaughlin, who spent 14 years as chief executive of the Tiger Woods Foundation and now runs the World Golf Foundation, said in a recent interview.

Usually by the time Johnson is preparing for the PGA Championship, he has finished a long stretch of events like the Open Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

"I played 11 holes today and it's definitely long, but luckily enough this is the longest we'll see it all week". Any chips or pitches needed to get on the green will all but guarantee a dropped shot, especially if the tee balls go long.

"It was about 100 degrees in Bellerive last year when we played this event and this year is obviously a lot colder - we're up north here in NY, and at this time of the year. I feel like I can drive it good around here", Johnson said.

"It's just being in the situation, obviously the more often you get into it, naturally the better you're going to get at it, and the more relaxed you're going to feel in those conditions".

The 43-year-old American would become the 10th oldest major victor, two days older than Ted Ray when he won the 1920 US Open, and match record co-holders Nicklaus and Walter Hagen with a fifth Wanamaker Trophy.

"Well, I walked with a broken leg", he said, referencing the final round of his 2008 US Open win.

"It's still not 100 per cent, but it doesn't seem to be interfering too much with my golf. I do like a little bit of boisterousness".

The PGA of America approved two-time major victor Daly's request to use a cart, making the 53-year-old American the first player since compatriot Casey Martin in the 1998 and 2012 US Opens to use a cart in a major championship.

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