Tiger Woods to play in his first PGA Championship in 3 years

Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the sixth green during the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational – Final Round

Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the sixth green during the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational – Final Round

Rory McIlroy says he is confident that he will rectify some technical issues with his swing as he prepares for this week's US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.

"The only thing I haven't done is win enough", McIlroy said. I've given myself a lot of chances. "I played in a lot of final groups and I haven't played well enough when it has counted".

"So that's something that I'm just trying to go through and try to figure out what I need to do to make that little step from contending and getting into final groups to lifting trophies". 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 have a sense of confidence and belief that I totally can get over the line and win one".

"But it's a process".

"Some of my driving let me down badly on Sunday", he said.

"Without a doubt, the next step in my career is to win in America, win a major". Inflammation where? "Everywhere", Woods said. "He was in bed".

Meanwhile, European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has pulled out on the eve of the tournament with a back injury.

Woods, a four-time victor of the PGA Championship, recently finished tied for sixth at The Open Championship for his best result at a major in five years.

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Guess we'll see starting tomorrow.

"I needed that day off".

"There's going to be certain days that I'm just not going to have the speed and the flexibility and the movement that I once did".

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.

The Queenslander smashed a 271-yard second shot into the par-5 17th (his eighth hole) but three-putted for a par.

Playing the back nine first at a sweltering Bellerive Country Club, Fowler was slow out of the gate, mixing two birdies with what would be his only bogey of the day.

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. "It felt very familiar", Woods added.

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