Tiger Woods has brief practice, recovering physically before PGA Championship

Darrell Kestner

Fleetwood played with eventual champion Justin Thomas in his opening two rounds at Quail Hollow a year ago and says he learned "a few things" from watching the American on the way to his first major title.

Just the sixth golfer to shoot a 63 at a U.S. Open, Fleetwood finished a stroke behind victor Brooks Koepka earlier this year at Shinnecock Golf Club in Southhampton, N.Y. In 2017, he placed fourth at the U.S. Open.

'I feel somewhat under the radar this year.

Longtime golf instructor Peter Kostis thinks Tiger Woods has done "exactly what he needs to do" in remaking his swing after spinal fusion finally allowed him to overcome his back problems.

Soon it was time for a walk down Tiger Woods Memory Lane, with Molinari being asked to reflect on caddying at the US Masters for his brother Edoardo, who happened to be playing in a group with Woods. My knee used to hurt a lot, but I could play around that.

An emotional Jason Day and Rickie Fowler are among the golf stars who put themselves in the mix while playing with heavy hearts on day one at the US PGA Championships in Missouri.

"I always have hope", Fowler said. I spent a few times in the ice bath just trying to get some inflammation down and just trying to get ready for the rest of the week.

"It was a tough start to the back nine".

World number one Dustin Johnson, Australian Jason Day, the 2015 PGA champion, Briton Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open victor and Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open champ were among the group of 11 players on 67.

But after a series of back surgeries, he is back swinging fully and even finished sixth at the Open at Carnoustie last month.

Streelman has been a PGA Tour pro since 2008, winning twice on tour - the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship and the 2014 Travelers Championship.

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is a player who's seemingly in contention every week, yet he's still searching for his first victory on US soil and his first major championship.

Johnson said a win at the PGA "would be a very, very great accomplishment", adding, "It would make it into a great year".

"The grip-it-and-rip-it approach is probably closer to how I play every week anyway".

Tiger Woods has won 14 majors during his legendary career.

NZ's Ryan Fox was happy with his putting on the opening day of the year's final major at Bellerive. "I would like to compete in some more Majors".

"I was lucky enough to be able to talk to him last Friday; one thing that helped was hearing how he felt".

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