Tiger Woods has admitted that he may have his work cut out for him ahead of this year’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club. Woods has never played in a competitive tournament at the course, and has only managed to play five holes this week due to bad weather conditions.
Following his exploits at this year’s Open Championship and the recent WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, Tiger Woods has plenty of reasons to be optimistic. Since fully recovering from the back injury that kept him sidelined for much of the 2017 season, the 42-year-old has demonstrated that he is still capable of reaching the form that saw him claim 14 major championships between 1997 and 2008.
Woods came desperately close to bagging an emphatic victory at Carnoustie last month, finishing just three shots adrift of eventual winner Francesco Molinari, and with the final major of the season set to commence later today, Woods will be hoping to give fans another opportunity to get excited. The problem that Woods faces however, is a lack of familiarity with the Bellerive Country Club course.
“I literally haven’t step foot on this golf course since that week in 2001,” said Woods, “I didn’t get up here before the British Open, and yesterday I took the day off.
“So today we only got in five holes and didn’t really get a chance to see a whole lot. I only remember a couple of the holes, but I didn’t really remember the first five that I played today. And so I’ll have to do some more homework tomorrow and get a good feel for what’s going on for the rest of the week.”
“It’s just a matter of how much I’m going to get in tomorrow. I know that it’s going to be pretty packed, and I think that all the guys are trying to get in as much practice they possibly can because today was negated a little bit and most of the guys who played last week took yesterday off.
“So there’s going to be quite a few guys trying to get out there to play, and I’m going to be one of them. I’ll try and get as many holes as I possibly can but also make sure that I’m ready for an early start on Thursday.”
Woods is set to tee off @ 14:23pm.