ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Tiger Woods made an encouraging start in his bid to end a five-year title drought at the majors, making a birdie on his fourth hole to sit two strokes off the early pace at the PGA Championship on Thursday.
On a glorious sunny morning at Oak Hill Country Club, Woods laid up in two after taking an iron off the tee at the par-five 13th before hitting a stunning approach to a foot short of the cup for a tap-in putt.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Four-times winner Tiger Woods prepared for an early start as the PGA Championship, the year’s final major, began under partially sunny skies at a damp Oak Hill Country Club on Thursday.
American club professional Rob Labritz found the right side of the fairway with the opening shot at the par-four first, before being followed by Australian John Senden and Ireland’s Shane Lowry.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Winning breeds confidence and in-form Brandt Snedeker says he now knows what is needed for him to land a first major title at this week’s PGA Championship after a few close calls in the past.
The fast-talking American clinched his second PGA Tour victory of the season at the Canadian Open two weeks ago and believes he is close to replicating the sizzling form he produced at the start of the year.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – U.S. Open winner Justin Rose will tee off at this week’s PGA Championship in very special company as he bids to transform what has already been “a fantastic year” for him into an “incredible” one.
In keeping with tradition, the season’s first three major champions are grouped together for the opening two rounds so Rose will play alongside Australian Adam Scott (Masters) and American Phil Mickelson (British Open) at Oak Hill Country Club.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy will launch his title defense at this week’s PGA Championship with a change in hairstyle and fervent hopes for a change in his golfing form.
The Northern Irishman has struggled since switching his club brand at the start of the season to Nike in a lucrative deal reported to be worth $250 million over 10 years.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Ian Poulter is renowned for his superb putting but is banking on his accuracy off the tee to give him a fighting chance of clinching his first major title at this week’s PGA Championship.
The fairways on Oak Hill Country Club’s heavily tree-lined East Course are flanked by thick, graduated rough which needs to be avoided as much as possible for players to reach the generally small greens in regulation on the par-four holes.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – A formidable finish, challenging rough and a difficult but fair test overall lies in store for the players this week when Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course stages its third PGA Championship.
Golf’s leading players have assembled in the leafy surrounds of upstate New York for the year’s final major, featuring a 156-man field that includes 99 of the world’s top 100 with South Africa Louis Oosthuizen (hip-related injury) the lone absentee.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Like a bottle of vintage wine, British Open champion Phil Mickelson believes he is getting better with age and says he has never been more motivated as a golfer.
The 43-year-old has recorded four top-threes in his last nine major starts and relishes the prospect of a head-to-head duel with Tiger Woods at this week’s PGA Championship.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – A storming finish to last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone has given Germany’s Martin Kaymer a huge boost ahead of this week’s PGA Championship, where he will bid to claim a second major title.
By his own lofty standards, the former world number one has not played particularly well this year but a superb four-under-par 66 on Sunday in tricky scoring conditions confirmed the hard work he has put into his game in recent months is paying off.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – The stars could hardly be better aligned for Tiger Woods to end a five-year major title drought at this week’s PGA Championship, though he feels the task has been the most difficult of his career.
Woods has not won one of golf’s elite championships since his remarkable playoff victory at the 2008 U.S. Open, often playing his way into contention over the first two rounds in recent years only for his game to fade over the weekend.