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Justin Thomas Thomas carded a one-under-par 69 in the final round at Firestone to finish four shots clear

DAVID DERMER AP Justin Thomas Thomas carded a one-under-par 69 in the final round at Firestone to finish four shots clear

Now the reigning champion after winning his maiden major past year at Quail Hollow, Thomas enters the 2018 edition at Bellerive Country Club as one of the favourites.

Bellerive has hosted two major golf championships including the U.S. Open in 1965 and the 74th PGA Championship in 1992.

Bellerive has its own historic genealogy to add to the cachet of number 100.

Defending champion Thomas agreed there would be plenty of low scores, but warned the course was not exactly a pushover.

Justin Thomas - Can Thomas win back-to-back PGA Championships as well as back-to-back events? Next year, it's moving to May, the month after the Masters and the month before the U.S. Open. He's a combined 46-under-par at the PGA since 2013 and has recorded four top-10s in his last five appearances. For almost a half century, the hole played the highest to par in U.S. Open history. However, more than two decades later, its top level looks very much the same as it did when Woods won the first of his 14 majors in 1997. He gives his thoughts on this week's tournament. "We are not the show, and that is our aim for every championship". Tim Finchem, then PGA Tour commissioner, made the decision to cancel the event. What is the definition of a long golf course these days? If he can get the driver straightened out, it could be a good week for Day.

"I think he's got a good case", Love said. You choose three starters from Group A, three from Group B, four from Group C and two from Group D. In one of the biggest twists from other games, you also choose one alternate from each group. "And he's like, 'oh I'm gonna try to get out and putt, '" she quips. "It's not as if my game's in bad shape at all". "There's extra room with the fringes and the fairway off the bunkers that you don't have to be as precise around the greens as you maybe would on Bermuda grass". He changed that delivery. So, you're not going to see wedge shots spin a lot. It's similar to Congressional, where Rees Jones did the same thing. "I was not in the mob - I was trying to help Hideki Matsuyama's caddie get his credentials, and we were actually going against the mob!" Players will face lush zoysia grass off the greens, a different form of grass on the fringes and then the irregular greens. "So it's just about trying to find that blend".

I had a tendency to wander.

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"With him being a friend, I was more personally just happy for Fran". Just a way of getting it out.

The PGA Championship - one of four tournaments in the Grand Slam - will see golf champions from around the world vying for first place, now held by Dustin Johnson. Which is the harder task? That obviously comes out more when you are under pressure.

Is there a player you have a warm feeling about this week for any reason? "It's going to be a big atmosphere out there and I'm looking forward to that". He learned a lot at the British Open, and he has the game to do it. "Did leg lifts as well and was ready to go for today". Because as good as he was off the tee at Firestone, he never could take advantage of it.

One thing there's no doubting and that is Woods determination. And there is some speed with it. "I think there's a list of points per start, and he's done really well in that". It was going back on one plane and coming down on the same plane.

"The only thing I haven't done is win enough". If he cleans that up, he might have a shot. You still have to determine how much risk you are willing to stomach, but if you're going to play Rose this week, Majors Challenge is the place to do it. And in August in St. Louis, where temperatures often top out in the high 90s, courses are well-watered; combine that with Tuesday's rain, and the whole affair will be soft, slow-and utterly unsurprising to Thomas. During his broadcast career, Reardon conducted one-on-one interviews with three dozen members of the World Golf of Fame.

He certainly didn't have to endure the questions that followed Arnold Palmer, who tried for more than three decades to finish the Slam at the PGA, or Tom Watson, or spent 24 years chasing it. Reardon served as Director of Media relations for LPGA events in both St. Louis and Chicago for 10 years.

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