Bethpage Black has been afforded the ideal storm: Woods, in his first start since winning in such epic scenes at Augusta National, will chase his fifth US PGA Championship's Wanamaker Trophy, and his first since 2007, from Thursday.
A new place on the calendar for the US PGA and the promise of greater relevance and stature, but a thrillingly old feeling as well, with all the focus on one man returning to his former major prominence.
Woods, who spent much of the last decade sidelined and suffering from back problems, returned in 2018 with five top-five finishes, including a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship and a win at the Tour Championship before his victory at Augusta last month. The winning scores in the two national championships held there in 2002 and 2009 were three under and four under, respectively.
Tiger Woods' win at The Masters last month was historic for a number of reasons - one of which was a record betting payout. At that time, few could have imagined Woods would have to wait nearly 10 years to taste major success again. McIlroy is a four-time major champion and a two-time PGA Championship victor. Tiger has come close, however, holding all major titles at the same time but not in the same season.
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Except for the rain, the PGA of America had few complaints.
"I'm never going to say it's not, except for a couple years ago when I couldn't walk".
On the Tuesday of PGA Championship week at Quail Hollow, then-PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua announced the tournament would move from the August slot to a May date, beginning in 2019.
I'm OK with Daly using a cart, and so is Martin, who sued the PGA Tour to be able to use a cart.
For those looking to find a bet, Bethpage Black rewards long hitters and accurate approaches.
The debate about whether Tiger would surpass Nicklaus has been decided precisely because it has taken Woods 11 years just to add just one more to his tally.
"But then, I think that's the -misconception people have with Tiger". That might have been the toughest major for Woods to win because it was the first time he had a half-dozen players to contend with on the back nine. "I know he is incredible, but this to me is a tall order". Can Dustin Johnson or Justin Rose or even Sergio Garcia capture a second major title?
Bethpage Black's main challenge is from tee to green, because once players get on the greens they will find relatively flat putting surfaces with subtle slopes.
A by-product of Woods's billboard standing once more is the relative anonymity afforded to the rest of the world's top players in the tournament lead-up. No doubt, the Professional Golfers' Association of America will not set up this public course anywhere near as severely as the US Golf -Association did for its two US Opens, but in luscious May, with the weather forecasters predicting a chilly, wet week, the spine may still creek.