Tiger, Scott, Day in glamour groups for PGA

Tiger Woods and James Adducci

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His profligacy on the green at the Masters was reflective of Koepka's putting performances this season, as he ranks a disappointing 93rd in strokes gained on the PGA Tour this year.

So far this year he has a win and two runner-up finishes, one of those coming at the Masters where he was one putt away from heading to a playoff with Woods.

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.

The PGA Championship agreed to move to May for the first time in 70 years to help the golf season end before football and to energize a century-old major that was looked upon as the last and the least of the Grand Slam events. Tiger Woods has seen some sports gambling action already, but one gambler thinks that he could sweep the next three majors. The unheralded South Korean capitalised on a strangely poor display from Woods and captured first place on the back nine.

But in his comeback campaign past year after spinal fusion surgery in 2017, Woods put himself in contention at both the British Open and PGA Championship before his triumph at the season-ending Tour Championship.

Rory McIlroy said he thought this PGA Championship would play like a normal tour event, and that a score in the region of 8 to 12 under par would win.

"Health is a major thing, but he's definitely still got his nerves", six-times major victor Nick Faldo told CBS Radio. According to VividSeats, the average price of tickets sold leading up to the 2019 PGA Championship is down almost 20% in comparison to the 2018 PGA Championship.

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

Again, Woods achieved those wins in his prime.

But this is the PGA Championship, where the organizers like to see birdies.

"Obviously Tiger has impact, sort of the moon landing - it's not golf, it's 'Where were you when?' kind of stuff", said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh.

"Based on the forecast [Monday] and [Tuesday], it was really important to play last week", LaCava said. Anytime a player has a shot at the career Grand Slam, that will be one of them, but with the way Jordan Spieth has struggled this year it doesn't seem likely he'll get it done.

"The incredible Masters experience I just had a few weeks ago certainly is part of the highlight of what I've accomplished in my life on the golf course". They just couldn't have concocted what will transpire beginning Thursday at the Bethpage State Park Black Course on New York's Long Island. Woods also won a U.S. Open title at Bethpage Black in 2002. The victory was extremely special for Tiger as he fought multiple life atrocities to win his 5th Masters. Playing another tournament, wherever it might have been, I don't think it would have been a setback, but it would have taken a lot out of him.

Through it all, Woods plummeted to 1,199th in the world rankings, given his long spells on the sidelines, while many onlookers never gave him a chance of winning another major. "Got a couple more days of work to get in and I'll be ready to go".

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