Tiger, Koepka hunt more major glory in PGA at Bethpage

Justin Thomas with the Wanamaker trophy after winning the 2017 US PGA Championship

We were close to being sold out on the weekend [prior to the Masters], but it's blown up. "Some days I have more range of motion, some days I don't".

That story is a big part of the conversation this week and gives credence to having major championships a month apart. It also correctly predicted Brooks Koepka's (9-1) victory at the CJ Cup.

Koepka took home the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills back in June. He won that 2016 U.S. Open with such a steady hand that it looked for sure more majors would follow.

"And one of the reasons that date is there is because it means anybody who wants a pick is going to have to turn up", the Irishman said. He probably won't make the cut so this will soon be forgotten, but if he does make the cut and contends then you can be assured the snarky remarks will be plentiful from competitors and fans alike.

"It helps our mission of growing the game and helping people learn how to play and helping with equipment".

Bethpage Black surrendered only six sub-par scores in hosting two prior majors. I played my first US Open here at Bethpage in 2009, so I've been trying to work off those memories as well.

So it is no wonder the tournament has been described as "hitting the lottery" as it welcomes newly-crowned Masters champion Woods and the rest of the field to Bethpage State Park for the first US PGA to be staged in May since 1949.

"As far as JD taking a cart, well", Woods said. "They're all energetic, and you come back and you've got good feelings this week and just kind of hopefully you ride that momentum". I think the golfers appreciate it.

"Mentally I'm coming in here very fresh and focused and ready to go", Johnson said. I think he just was interested in getting the job done. "When you're looking at revamping the schedule and looking at pro football and college football".

"And then from 35, pressure is going to get to them". But you've got to hit the fairways here.

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The risk for the PGA is weather.

While Bethpage appears fine even with a shorter growing season to get ready, the substantial rain and cold temperatures earlier this week - while unseasonal - are always a possibility in certain climates in May.

PGA of America officials said Daly applied to use the cart over the hilly 7,459-yard course through the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"This is not only a big golf course, but this is going to be a long week the way the golf course is set up and potentially could play, " he said. "This could be a hell of a championship". Couple that with two victories on Tour this season, and there's a good chance Schauffele will be in the running once again. It is a perception the tournament has fought, particularly since there had often been so little time following The Open to the start of the PGA Championship.

The emotional aftermath of the Masters proved to be much to overcome for Woods, who didn't play any serious golf until April 27, almost two weeks following the victory.

And maybe with a slight jab at the U.S. Open, Waugh sees another benefit.

My pick for the week, and to become a two-time major victor, is Dustin Johnson.

"He closed it out like he was only interested in winning that tournament", Harrington said.

But after undergoing back surgery, he returned to form past year with victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, California in September.

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