PGA Championship 2018: Key players to watch

Tanya Simon
August 11, 2018

"I can probably relate a little bit to what he's feeling, but it's a great position to be in", McIlroy said.

Haigh said about 1 1/2 inches fell during Tuesday's storm.

That noise? It's softened considerably during the previous year, and the spotlight that accompanied him to Quail Hallow shines a little less brightly on Spieth in St. Louis.

Haigh added that PGA officials "love where they're at".

Last season four players had three wins at this stage but only Jordan Spieth had a major meaning he led the charge.

"It's hard on the staff to be in this period of limbo where we don't know exactly where we'll be", he said.

There are seemingly more monstrous names every time I put my list of who I think will win any given major together, and this year's PGA Championship is no different. "That's where his focus needs to be right now". Not even he knows.

Pretty good for someone who weighs about 160 pounds.

For last year's victor Justin Thomas it's one thing to win it's another to repeat.

His length should come in handy at Bellerive this week.

Davis Love III joins an elite club this week at the PGA Championship, as he makes his 100th major appearance.

Noteworthy: None of the five players with the career Grand Slam completed it at the PGA Championship.

Some years, the setup itself becomes the tournament's dominant story.

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"I don't like to be up here". "As I said last week, I'm trending".

In his final PGA Championship news conference as CEO, Pete Bevacqua addressed possible a headquarters move to Frisco, Texas.

Bevacqua said the organization decided a couple years ago its current headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens no longer fit the bill. 16, 17 and 18 holes at Bellerive. "We're just not there yet".

The first two rounds of the PGA Championship will be streamed live and free on the Eleven Sports UK Facebook page so you can see if you like the coverage before signing up.

Justin Thomas clinched the fourth US spot by winning the Bridgestone last week, and Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson hold the other four automatic slots. That also was the last of his four majors. 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.

The 72-hole tournament will begin this morning and run through Sunday.

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One of the subplots at Bellerive is Woods' chances of securing a spot on the US Ryder Cup team.

Tommy Fleetwood keeps showing up at the biggest events. He shot 73-73 on the weekend to tie for 31st.

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

The Englishman says it's nothing he worries about, but he has taken notice. I played in a lot of final groups and I haven't played well enough when it's counted. Plans changed on Wednesday because of the rain. It is why he was asked repeatedly about inflammation Tuesday at Bellerive Country Club. He's first on Tour in strokes gained tee to green, first in scoring average, tied for first with wins and first in the FedEx Cup standings, and a win this week would establish him as the frontrunner for 2018 Player of the Year.

Unfortunately for the tournament's TV ratings, one of them isn't Tiger.

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy were among those playing as soon as the course was open for play.

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