"Trying to interpret whether he's done enough or hasn't done enough...that's a position I don't have to put myself in right now...but it's fun to see him put himself in the mix". I think the big thing is how the ball's going to react on the greens, because there's not a lot of base underneath the grass and there's not a lot of root system. I really enjoy playing with Rory.
Many in the golf industry feel that having the PGA Championship in May, as the second major on the calendar after the Masters, makes it more relevant. It's important to keep things in perspective and realize that, you know, you could win five times in a year and not win a major, and some people would think, "Well, you haven't won a major" - for some of the elite golfers, anyway.
"I would rather do that than have one hot week and, yes, you win a major. So just coming back and being able to play at this level and compete - I've had my share of chances to win this year as well, and hopefully I'll get it done this week".
"But it's a process".
And then in Sunday's final round Schwartzel fired a seven-under 63‚ suddenly finding the game that was good enough to win a major seven years ago.
Woods was unable to earn any Ryder Cup points in 2017 - the majors, the World Golf Championship events and the Players Championship gave points - so getting to 20th in the standings heading into the PGA Championship is an impressive accomplishment.
"I've always been my own guy", Thomas said, "but I was perceived by the media as his buddy". "He was in bed".
Then he has a poor weekend, in which he couldn't find fairways at Firestone, looked exhausted, seemingly had a stiff lower back and wasted a good opportunity to earn FedEx points, world-ranking points and Ryder Cup points.
The PGA Championship is the first time Woods has been back at Bellerive since 2001.
Bellerive champions: Gary Player (1965 U.S. Open), Nick Price (1992 PGA Championship), Camilo Villegas (2008 BMW Championship).
"It's really a moving target, but it's really clear, too, what type of players you want", Furyk said. Of the top 31 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, only three (Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman) are not from the US or Europe.
Masters champion Patrick Reed has already had a great year and said he was also raring to go on a course where many holes should favour a right-hander who hits a draw (a shot that curves from right-to-left). This week [at Bridgestone], I wasn't as sharp as I needed to be, and I only putted well the first day.
One of these days, it will all go Fowler's way, so why not this week in Missouri? I like Thomas Pieters, Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley, Byeong-Hun An, Adam Scott, Thorbjorn Olesen and Ryan Moore, but narrowing it down to four starters and an alternate is tough. So things are going to be different from day to day, and it's just about managing it.
Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April previous year and admits he feels "blessed" simply to be able to compete again, but has already failed to convert several chances to claim his first victory since 2013.
Louis Oosthuizen will start his quest for a second Major and his first win on U.S. soil on Thursday.
Eighth-ranked Spieth could become the first to finish the Career Slam at a PGA and do it on the same course where South Africa's Player did by winning the 1965 US Open.
Fleetwood's US Open bid was damaged by a third-round 78, and he was one shot off the lead at the halfway stage of The Open before falling back on the Saturday.
Not playing that week did have one benefit for Woods. Woodland was startled to learn the greens were off limits to the members of Bellerive, home to the 100th PGA Championship, following a nasty 1-2 punch from Mother Nature. "I was just so patient and calm".