Tiger Woods targets place on the USA Ryder Cup team

Justin Thomas poses with the Gary Player Cup trophy after holding his nerve to win the Bridgestone Invitational

DAVID DERMER AP Justin Thomas poses with the Gary Player Cup trophy after holding his nerve to win the Bridgestone Invitational

Anirban Lahiri has one missed cut and two top-10s in his last eight tournaments, including a T6 last week at the Bridgestone Invitational.

The world's third-ranked player made a decision to skip playing any practice rounds at Bellerive, but he has hit on the driving range and said everything feels good. Some of course will also technically qualify as both.

"I needed that day off, " Woods said.

"They look a little worse than they actually putt", two-time PGA champion Rory McIlroy said.

That calls for aggressive play, the players said.

Kostis should know. He helped his own son, who had a similar procedure in nearly the exact same place in his lower back, make the same kind of adjustments to his swing.

The 100th PGA Championship begins this week in St. Louis.

And while Woods has not spoken in past months of his physical well-being confirmation he underwent ice treatment on his back on Monday has many observers wondering if Woods is covering-up his true fitness. "That's where his focus needs to be right now".

Furyk has been around long enough to understand the additional pressure of the PGA Championship in a Ryder Cup year.

"There are some meaty holes out there where you really have to drive the ball well and hit a good long iron into the green", Spieth said. Not even he knows.

Points are based on every $1,000 a player makes in PGA Tour earnings, with double points for the victor of the PGA Championship, and 1 1/2 points for everyone else.

Pretty good for someone who weighs about 160 pounds. "I don't know why I haven't played the back nine as well as I have in the past", Woods said. This year we are looking at a par 70, 7329 yard course.

"It will always be circled to complete the career Grand Slam, which will ultimately achieve a life-long goal for me, so certainly emphasis in my head on it, but nothing overpowering", Spieth said.

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Koepka has won the last two U.S. Opens. Spieth has gone more than a year without winning.

"I believe that my best golf has yet to come, absolutely", he said.

"I don't like to be up here". 'That's what he wanted to talk about.

"My last couple of wins, or maybe previous year probably is when". The par-3 sixth is Bellerive's shortest hole at 213 yards, and with little room for error, can be one of its most hard.

"It's fantastic to be in that group, to make it that far", said Love, whose first major was the 1986 PGA. "Our goal is to resolve that and come to a conclusion as quickly as possible", he added. "And we've just been camped out there".

This weekend at Bellerive is the last chance to earn points and automatically make the team. If he can show any form over the next month, he's a good bet to land one of Furyk's captain's picks. New York's own Bethpage Black will be the first venue to host the PGA Championship after its switch to springtime.

Bjorn probably isn't going far. Just a way of getting it out.

Last week at Firestone was the latest example of Fleetwood digging a hole in the third round.

The two-time Ryder Cup captain becomes only the 15th player in history to reach the milestone, 32 years on from his maiden major appearance in the same event. It's been flawless. What's really cool is when they come over - they don't just sign, they talk.

The Englishman says it's nothing he worries about, but he has taken notice. "Hopefully we'll be paired together late on Sunday again this week".

Bellerive is busier than usual on the final day of practice for the PGA Championship. The 24-year-old won the Memorial, finished in the top 5 in three other events, and has the backing of Tiger Woods. Plans changed on Wednesday because of the rain.

How will Tiger Woods play? "It's going to be hot, it's going to be wet, and fortunately I'm one of the guys who hit the ball high and get the ball up in the air, and you just need to get the ball out there".

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