PGA Championship 2019: Tiger Woods practices in the rain

Mae Harvey
May 15, 2019

However, Faldo feels the hype should be kept in check due to lingering questions over Woods' health after four back operations and the difference in conditions between the feared Black Course at Bethpage and Augusta National.

There was at least time for a moment of levity as Woods was asked whether he would follow the recent lead of Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant by hosting his own television show. "No. No".

Ryan Fox will tee off in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Long Island, New York, at 12.35am Friday (NZT), right behind the feature group of April's US Masters champion Tiger Woods, defending champion Brooks Koepka and last year's British Open victor Francesco Molinari.

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. Woods now has 15 major titles in his career, including four PGA Championships.

According to the latest oddsmakers, Tiger Woods is the slight favorite entering the week, as he is listed with 9/1 odds.

"Would I like to play in the Olympics? Yes".

Still, given Bethpage saw a Monday finish during its last hosting duty, it's a forecast PGA of America officials, and New Yorkers, will gladly take.

Yes, he's had lots of opportunities but 10 top 10s in the majors, including T9 at this year's US Masters is extremely each-way friendly when, as this week, there are 10 payout places on offer.

The temperature at this week's USPGA is far cooler than it would be if it was still held in August and certainly it is much wetter on Long Island. As a former British Open champion, he also has an exemption for that event until he's 60, though he did not play last year's tournament.

The 53-year-old has been given special dispensation to ride the buggy instead of walking around the Bethpage Black course in NY.

Koepka and Dustin Johnson jump off the page and both have outstanding chances but I'm going to side with a different trio.

Woods expanded on the reasoning behind skipping the Wells Fargo Championship, sandwiched between the Masters and this major.

The 52-year-old won the PGA Tour Champions weather-delayed Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama.

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson, defending champion Brooks Koepka, England's second-ranked Justin Rose, four-time major victor Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Woods all have a chance at the top spot.

Tiger Woods is sixth in the world rankings.

That set the stage for Woods to win his fifth Masters green jacket. DJ has one major to his credit, the 2016 U.S. Open. "I still get comfortable when I walk into the clubhouse or drive through the gate".

That's the risk the PGA Championship took in moving to May. At 28/1, he completes my trio of big-hitting Americans seeking a first major.

The value is gone with Koepka, too, and he's moved into card-wrecker territory for me.

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