Thomas trails Johnson, McIlroy on 2018 PGA Championship odds

"I'm a little under the radar this year, and I don't mind it", Spieth acknowledged, "but at the same time, this tournament will always be circled until hopefully I win it one day".

Fleetwood has four victories on the European Tour and was crowned its number one player in 2017, when he won the season-long Race to Dubai.

"I needed that day off, " Woods said.

Francesco Molinari was given the courtesy of a few questions about the impact of his historic British Open win at Carnoustie last month - the first major triumph by an Italian - but the media did not want to know how it felt to hoist the Claret Jug so much as what it was like playing the final round with Woods.

On Friday, live coverage will begin at 2.30pm with the Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth group.

The electric yellow and orange outfits have been replaced by more traditional golf attire but the objective remains unchanged with this PGA Championship representing Fowler's last shot at claiming a major before entering his 30s in December. "I've kept giving myself chances this year".

"So I've done well, I'm slowly getting back up the world rankings".

18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus holds the record of most major appearances with 164 starts between 1957 and 2005, ahead of Gary Player (150) and Tom Watson (145).

"That's the hardest thing. now, I'm tearing up". "But there's so many good guys that are right there, right behind me that I've got to continue to play very, very well if I want to stay in that position".

The fourth major of the year -which has a massive 156-man field - has seen big names and no-names capture its top spot and this year will likely be no different.

Even Woods will have to re-learn have to win Majors and McIlroy is nothing but impressed by the 14-time Major winner's recovery from injury. It's also the first Championship for Tiger Woods since 2015. "Sometimes golf is just like that, and it's just a case of keep doing what you're doing and eventually it will happen".

"A lot of careers are defined on major championships". "I had won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and the Open Championship was at St. Andrews a month later, so I wasn't really asked a lot, other than, 'What would it be like to complete the career Grand Slam at St. Andrews?"'

Vanessa Coleman

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