Course familiarity could give Tiger Woods edge in upcoming majors

Tiger Woods clinches the Masters title in April and didn't the massive galleries love

Tiger Woods clinches the Masters title in April and didn't the massive galleries love

Woods said on Tuesday to laughs at his pre-tournament news conference at Bethpage Black on Long Island.

Tiger Woods doesn't seem to be a fan of the decision to let John Daly use a cart to compete in the PGA Championship. 'I think walking is an integral part of being a pro golfer. "Got a couple more days of work to get in and I'll be ready to go". Now he is re-writing them and reviving his lifelong quest to better Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships. Woods said, letting the sentence drift into silence.

But Woods, 43, said he hopes to benefit from a 31-day break after going Major to Major without another tournament for only the seventh time in his career.

Johnson has not played in a tournament since the RBC Heritage at the end of April - it was only his 11th PGA Tour event of the season. Last week, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump. First and second round play livestreams at A Koepka win would give him three of the last five played major championships, which is in Tiger Woods territory. Stenson has always been one of the best in the game and could walk away with his second major.

Woods, who has not been world number one since March 2013, has spent a record 683 weeks atop the rankings.

Las Vegas Westgate Superbook oddsmakers have Woods as a 10-1 co-favorite with Johnson and two-time US Open victor Koepka with four-time major champion Rory McIlroy just behind at 12-1. Martin, who also rode in the 1998 U.S. Open, has a painful congenital restriction of the circulation in his lower leg and took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided in a 7-2 ruling in 2001 to allow him to use a cart. But it's clearly bothering at least one player.

Some of the greatest golfers in the world will be competing for a winning purse of almost $2 million and the famed Wanamaker Trophy, which was hoisted past year by Brooks Koepka, who defeated Tiger Woods by two strokes in final round play. He's got some strong ideas on how he will put together that squad to defend the title it won a year ago in France.

Thomas will be replaced in the field by fellow American and world No 192 Kelly Kraft.

In a statement on Twitter, Thomas said: "Unfortunately, I will be withdrawing from the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this week as my wrist is not yet fully healed".