Thomas trails Johnson, McIlroy on 2018 PGA Championship odds

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Today, he faces doubts about the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club because of a couple of lackluster 73s on the weekend, the possibility of a stiff lower back, reduced clubhead speed and a heavy upcoming schedule for which he might not have the physical fortitude to endure.

Some players had grumbled after early practice rounds about brown patches on some of the greens, but Haigh said Wednesday that's hard to avoid given the oppressive summer heat in St. Louis. "Is it best for the team?" If he's on the team, he has always been a leader. Look for the 17th (creek-guarded par 5) and 18th (tight landing fairway) to play a role in the late stages of the tournament.

He is playing the PGA Championship for the first time since 2015.

Skinny: Like Schauffele, he'll play the first two rounds here with Furyk, and he also got some quality time with the captain during a scouting trip to Paris before The Open.

"Obviously‚ big hitters will have an advantage‚ but that was true at Carnoustie with the bunker positioning and many other things‚" Molinari said. The question is whether he will go in the capacity of Vice-Captain-Furyk already designated him and Steve Stricker as such-or a player.

Then he has a poor weekend, in which he couldn't find fairways at Firestone, looked exhausted, seemingly had a stiff lower back and wasted a good opportunity to earn FedEx points, world-ranking points and Ryder Cup points. He had a plan in place for this year and really felt like he could compete.

"And that was probably a sign that I should have picked up on a lot quicker".

Louis Oosthuizen will start his quest for a second Major and his first win on United States soil on Thursday. "There will be a lot of people, I know that", Thomas said. "I didn't really play well at the U.S. Open".

European players have another three weeks before qualifying eight players on points and world rankings, leaving him four more selections.

"I think, in my generation we were all looking up to him, especially around 2000, 2001, 2002", offered an unruffled Molinari.

Dustin Johnson, who leads the FedExCup after three victories this season, leads the U.S. points list, followed by U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka.

"I didn't get up here pre British Open and yesterday (Monday) I took the day off". "He's shown over the past few years he's mentally very good, so I'm sure he won't have a problem".

Woods was unable to earn any Ryder Cup points in 2017 - the majors, the World Golf Championship events and the Players Championship gave points - so getting to 20th in the standings heading into the PGA Championship is an impressive accomplishment.

One of the things Woods is trying to accomplish this week, aside from winning for the first time since 2013 and winning his first major since 2008, is assure himself of a spot on the Ryder Cup team. Time is running out, as it relates to preparing for the PGA Championship, and for a season that is being measured differently.

Furyk recalls being among many partners who paired up with Woods in his heyday. Furyk will make three captain's selections following the completion of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston, Sept. 3, and a final pick after the completion of the BMW Championship, a week later.

"If I don't get injured again, stay healthy and hitting it the way I'm hitting it right now, I would think I could play a few more competitively", Love added.