Faldo demands lowered expectations for Woods at Bethpage

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Wisconsin man James Adducci turned an $85,000 outlay into a $1.65 million (AU) payday after Woods' epic 15th major title, despite claiming he'd never placed a bet on a sporting event before. "Now, I'm nervous going into the PGA Championship with this being my most recent performance". In two majors, only six players have finished under par.

McIlroy would likely be the outright favourite if he were not coming off another disappointing Sunday, the latest in the final round at the Wells Fargo Championship, where he shot an error-strewn closing 73. 'We know he is awesome but to come out and expect to pick up from where he left off at the Masters sounds a tall order to me, ' said the six-time major champion.

Bethpage Black plays host to the 2019 PGA Championship. Woods clinched his first major for 11 years and was mobbed by an adoring Augusta crowd, and greeted by colleagues and rivals as he approached the clubhouse.

"He has to come out and pick up where he left off at Augusta", CBS analyst Nick Faldo said. He has a chance to elevate himself into a legit, "Wait, is this one of the best golfers of the past 30 years?" conversation if he wins one of the next few majors.

There's a reason it has a sign posted on the first tee that says, "Warning: The Black Course is an extremely hard course which is recommended only for highly skilled golfers". We know he is awesome but that to me is a tall order.

"I'm not the person that I was 20 years ago physically and mentally, I have to set new goals and have new ambitions and things like that", said Westwood, who holds the unwanted record of most top-three finishes in a major (nine) without winning one.

"I think the golf course will be in just outstanding condition", he said. "It's been one of my favorites for a while". The way we're different is that Kelly shakes off a bad round much faster than I could, which is great.

The rough, however, figures not to be as penal because a cool spring has not allowed it to become as dense as it would be by mid-June.

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"In 1997, yes, I won the Masters and I ended up hugging my dad and my mom", Woods said. "So, we're getting closer".

What this PGA does possess is the beauty of anticipation. It looks brilliant now.

While not short off the tee, Woods is no longer among the game's biggest hitters after his 2017 spinal fusion. He beat Phil Mickelson by three shots. Everybody who is anybody will be in the field this week, so the tournament is truly up for grabs.

Jordan Spieth will start his quest to complete the career grand slam at 3:16am (Friday AEST) with world No.1 Dustin Johnson and Spaniard Jon Rahm.

Woods is bidding for his fifth US PGA Championship victory, having first picked up the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy in 1999 before repeating the trick 12 months later then pulling off another back-to-back double in 2006 and 2007.

Patrick Reed opened with scores of 66-68 and finished with a 9-under total.

Adam Scott and Jason Day were among those who played Saturday, when the weather was dry, sunny and mild.

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