Thomas recalls influence of Tiger's 2000 US PGA win

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Everyone needs a sharp-looking tie, if not a strong rotation of several ties, so why not add to your collection with a red, yellow or blue PGA Championship tie?

This week is Woods' 19th appearance in the event since making his debut in 1997.

Love has struggled with injuries in recent years, but a hip replacement has helped with some of the pain he'd been feeling.

Speaking of potential first-time major winners (see above for Rahm) and players due a big win (McIlroy), few fall into both categories quite like Fowler.

The Fleetwood playing at Bellerive this week told Britain's Press Association he didn't know if he'd been paid "because I don't really look".

McIlroy ended an 18-month drought when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, and he would have expected more at this point.

"He's got all the components of the game", Rory McIlroy said. This tournament often favours the bigger drivers and few are better equipped in that department than the 29-year-old Northern Irishman.

He was asked if he would take a year that included a major championship and a dozen missed cuts or the kind of consistency he has shown this year. This PGA will mark four years since Rory McIlroy's last victory in a major, and he surely couldn't ask for a more flawless venue to try to end the drought. He has finished in the top 10 of all three Majors this year - definitely one to watch. Dating to past year at the PGA, Thomas has won five times. That also was the last of his four majors.

Furyk admits Woods might have to recuse himself from discussions over the wild cards given that, barring victory in the US PGA, he will need one himself to make the team.

Ryder Cup jockeying: This is the last opportunity for American players to play their way into a guaranteed pick for the Ryder Cup team by finishing among the top 8 in points. He was in contention on the back nine at the British Open. If he contends again at Bellerive, much less wins his fifth PGA Championship, he could take all the drama out of his selection. "I don't want to talk", the PGA's chief championship officer said from a podium.

"I was out on the course when Dustin Johnson teed off real early, and it was like watching a mob following him around - and we're going to have more of that as the week goes on", said Mike DeCola, general chairman for the 100th PGA Championship.

And while Woods has not spoken in past months of his physical well-being confirmation he underwent ice treatment on his back on Monday has many observers wondering if Woods is covering-up his true fitness.

If nothing else, Spieth should have plenty of support this week.

St. Louis is home for Janet Jones-Gretzky the wife of a legendary hockey star Wayne Gretzky.

Woods, a 14-time major victor, must win this week's PGA Championship to qualify on points.

"The move to May opens up a lot more venues", Spieth said before his practice round at Bellerive. "So things are going to be different from day-to-day, and it's just about managing it". It would also mean a stretch of five events in six weeks. But beyond that, courses such as Shoal Creek in Alabama and layouts in Texas, Florida and California that were written off because of oppressive summer heat could be in the mix.

Rory McIlroy is on the verge of turning consistency into a stream of silverware, according to European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. Patrick Reed or Brooks Koepka would snare it with two major wins, while Justin Thomas or Bubba Watson would do the same with a major to combine with winning seasons. "I started to get out of that shadow", Thomas said.

He was referring to the soggy conditions following torrential rain that has left the greens and fairways soft.