PGA Championship: Tiger Woods has quest for 18 majors back on track


But the bettor who won almost $1.2 million when Tiger Woods won the Masters put a chunk of his winnings on the line for a much bigger payday.

Wisconsin man James Adducci turned an $85,000 outlay into a $1.65 million (AU) payday after Woods' epic 15th major title, despite claiming he'd never placed a bet on a sporting event before.

Even as memories are fresh of those impulsive chants from a Sunday unlike any other at Augusta National - "Tiger, Tiger, Tiger!" - the 101st PGA Championship is set to begin Thursday on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, New York.

Woods ended an 11-year major win drought by capturing his fifth green jacket, having struggled with knee and back injuries since winning the 2008 US Open.

Woods should feel good about the opportunity that lies ahead as he will undoubtedly bring a renewed sense of confidence into the year's next two majors as well as the knowledge that he has won on both courses before.

After being held since 1972 in the dog days of summer, the PGA Championship's move to May should ensure milder weather and more attention from USA sports fans whose thoughts by August have invariably turned to American football.

Woods completed a remarkable comeback with a thrilling victory last month at the Masters. The 2012 and 2016 editions of The Barclays were also played at Bethpage Black.

Despite the move to May, tournament organizers are keeping with the tradition of pairing the previous three major winners together for the first two rounds.

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"If he stays healthy, the rest of the players, they know he's out there now".

Last week, the PGA of America announced it was permitting Daly to use a golf cart to get around the course when he plays at the PGA Championship. In Woods's defence, even before the exertions attached to winning his 15th major after years of psychological and physical woe, he had acknowledged the likelihood of a tame 2019 schedule.

Tiger Woods took care of the latter.

The last major at Bethpage Black was the 2009 U.S. Open, which was so wet and sloppy that it took five days to get in 72 holes.

"I got the better of him at St. Louis and he got the better of me at Augusta", Koepka said. Only time will tell if it all pays off for Adducci but we'll find out soon enough with the PGA Championship coming up right around the corner. It was high on champion Rory McIlroy at the 2019 Players Championship, projecting him as one of the top two contenders from the start.

Koepka's power off the tee should be of great benefit on Bethpage's Black Course, which poses a fearsome challenge and measures at a massive 7,459 yards.

"Woods has been my favorite golfer in terms of sheer greatness and ability to do in the moment what the situation requires, Adducci told ESPN in April". Sightings of the 43-year-old walking gingerly added to a typically fevered rumour mill. "I think he's swinging better than he has ever swung before". "I would say that's probably what all fans, what we're thinking".