US PGA Championship 2019: Brutal Bethpage set to provide stiff test

Tanya Simon
May 13, 2019

After turning his first sports bet into an astounding $1.275 million following The Masters, the 39-year-old Wisconsin daytrader is doubling down on Tiger Woods, betting on the star golfer to win the Grand Slam.

In 2001, Woods won the Masters, which was his fourth major championship victory in a row.

Later this week, however, the pair will collide as arguably the hottest two players in golf when the US PGA Championship tees off at Bethpage Black on Long Island. I can't see how he can be two under par from the wrong place at Bethpage.' Faldo also questioned Woods's decision not to play since claiming his first major victory for 11 years.

To have any chance for a fifth PGA Championship title, Woods will need to be much sharper off the tee than he was at Augusta, where he was 44 in driving accuracy.

In the year in question, Woods played the three majors he quotes within five tournaments from mid-June to late August. With summer winding down and the National Football League season about to cast its giant shadow over the North American sports market, the PGA Championship was left hanging on, with tournament organizers in a keeping-the-golf-season-alive mode. I think that's the sort of preconception that people get when he was in his prime, he was knocking out all the flags, holing all the putts, hitting all the fairways.

Woods, wearing a ski cap over his golf cap, noted that it was a "good move" to visit Bethpage for a day last week, as weather conditions are expected to be poor until Wednesday, with temperatures not getting into the 60s until the first round on Thursday.

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"You've seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and I wouldn't be here without your help", an emotional Mr. Woods said after the president placed the medal around his neck.

"In '91, yes, I won the Masters and I ended up hugging my dad and my mom", Mr. Woods said.

"I'm not the person that I was 20 years ago physically and mentally, I have to set new goals and have new ambitions and things like that", said Westwood, who holds the unwanted record of most top-three finishes in a major (nine) without winning one. McIlroy is a four-time major champion and a two-time PGA Championship victor. "In the tournaments I do play in, I'll be fully invested and committed to playing and trying to win". Can Dustin Johnson or Justin Rose or even Sergio Garcia capture a second major title? I really like golf in America, so I'll enjoy it. It has been his habit to play in tournaments the week before a major, but he didn't do that before this year's Masters, where he tied for 18th.

It reads: "-WARNING- The Black Course is an extremely hard course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers". In his previous 14 majors, he never had to worry about more than one or two players, if any. It would take him to 16, just two behind the record haul of Jack Nicklaus, and with Pebble Beach and Royal Portrush to follow the hype would reach unprecedented levels.

My husband and I waited in the singles line because we thought we could get through it faster than the regular line.

There definitely will be some frowning golfers at the end of the week at Bethpage Black, but for the PGA Championship, it's all smiles.

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