Jordan Spit and Rory McIlroy will be nice to play together Tiger Woods for the first two rounds PGA Championship despite the huge crowds and distractions, their supergroup will create.
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The superstar trio with 22 major titles will start Thursday at 8:11 a.m. (local time) from the 10th trio in the Southern Hills, promising to be an exciting start with extra noise, movement and distraction.
“You have to accept this, have fun and admit that these are the couples I will ever tell my child about,” Said Spit.
“It’s pretty fun to be able to play these events, growing up with the guy you idolized.”
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Woods is making a second start to his comeback due to a serious leg injury sustained in a car crash in February 2021 after an emotional comeback at the April Masters where he battled the pain to go through 72 holes, spectators roared from the feat.
“When Tiger plays, it creates such a huge buzz,” Said McIlroy.
“It goes beyond the world of golf and goes out into the wider world.”
Woods says he has the strength to win the title if his body can withstand the load of walking 72 holes with enough endurance and stamina to be competitive at the finish.
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“The desire to win all the same” Said Woods.
“Training is much harder, time consuming and much harder mentally.”
Three-time top winner Spit ended his Grand Slam career with a win, while McIlroy is looking for a fifth major title, but the first since 2014.
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Both understand that the crowd will be drawn to Woods, a 15-time top winner who overcame back surgery to win the 2019 Masters for his first major triumph in 11 years.
“He is stubborn. He is determined “ Said McIlroy.
“He lives for these big championships, and if he believes he can pass 18 holes, he believes he can win.”
Spit has no doubt, especially seeing Tiger Woods limping over the weekend at Augusta National until he missed the cut.
“You can no longer doubt this man” Said Spit.
“It just keeps surprising people.”
Last month, Spit won the PGA Heritage title and finished second last week, hoping the crowds would prepare him for the PGA Championship.
“Sometimes when the crowd gets big enough, it’s kind of just a fuzzy color.” Said Spit.
“If you’re used to being in front of big crowds fighting on the weekends, it starts to feel a little more comfortable.”
Spieth also hopes the first PGA crowds will help prepare him for golf this weekend.
“If I can play well these next few days, given the crowd that will be there, the weekend could be a bit like a break.” Said Spit.
“There is extra noise. You have to wait longer at pedestrian crossings. When Tiger finishes on the hole, people will leave. It feels like Thursday is a day off. ”
A lot of players are looking for Tiger Woods
In the shadow of Tiger Woods’ group are a group of reigning top champions who boast three of the world’s best players – US Open and Spanish No. 2 John Ram, Spanish Masters Scotty Scheffler and his third-place compatriot Colin Morikov. British Open.
“He is a competitor” Ram said about Tiger Woods.
“He will try to win every time, and every time he runs, the world wants him to win.”
Ram would regain the number one spot in the world that Scheffler took last month if he wins and Scheffler is worse than fifth.
“To win the big championships and conquer these amazing fields, you have to believe in all aspects of your game,” Said Scheffler.
“It takes a lot of different things to play well.”
This is due to the formidable tee-green challenge that Southern Hills offers.
“If you get on all 18 greens, it’s going to be some kind of feat.” said two-time grand winner Dustin Johnson.
Don’t miss the fairways either, warns Englishman Tyrell Hutton.
“Depending on where they put the pins and where you miss the chips, you could probably look pretty stupid pretty quickly.” he said.
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