Rickie Fowler takes first-round lead at PGA

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Woods needed about a month between the U.S. Open and British Open in 2000, then added the PGA a few weeks later and the Masters the following year to hold all four majors at the same time.

The 14-times major victor was in a group with twice PGA champion Rory McIlroy who also returned a 70 and world number two Justin Thomas, with the defending champion opening with 69.

"The record of mine I don't even have a top-10, I think 12 is the best I've ever finished, which is frustrating because I feel like where I am and where I should be is not results that I have had".

Woods is playing in a feature group with defending champion Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. "I didn't know if I could do this again, and lo and behold, here I am".

Of the eight golfers to take questions on Tuesday, six were asked about or mentioned Woods as the media probed for some Tiger information left unclaimed.

"I'm just in a great place mentally right now", Thomas said.

Chile's 164th-ranked Joaquin Niemann, the youngest player in the field at 19, could become the youngest PGA Championship victor, breaking the mark set by a 20-year-old Sarazen in 1922.

And there are plenty more like them, from Dustin Johnson growing impatient about not winning a major in two years to Spieth getting another crack at the career Grand Slam, to Rickie Fowler trying to shed the label as among the best without a major. I'm 42 now and I've had four back surgeries.

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Woods briefly led the British Open on Sunday but shared sixth last month at Carnoustie, while Fleetwood shared 12th.

"So I've done well, I'm slowly getting back up the world rankings".

"I'm taking advantage of this time to study the secrets of the greens and all the pitfalls that it can cause", he said.

The USGA is often criticized for its U.S. Open setups, whether that's because of long, thick rough or penal green speeds that are created to produce a specific winning score.

Yet rarely do the same critiques accompany the PGA, and Haigh said that's because "my hope and I think the plan is that the players are the story". I can just keep putting myself in position and learn from those experiences, good or bad, and try to use what I've learned.

Finau's time to join the ranks of the top players on the PGA Tour is finally here.

As was expected, Tiger Woods was the centre of attention during media day at the PGA Championship. And while Gramps has been there for many of his career-defining moments, there are many distant relatives that will get to see him compete for the first time this week.

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