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Woods trying something new at PGA Championship

09 August 2018

With 79 career PGA Tour wins and 12 worldwide victories, Woods has shown that he possesses the ability and skill to win on all manner of courses and in any conditions.

After seeing fellow American Brooks Koepka repeat as champion in the U.S. Open earlier this year, it is not out of the question for Thomas to follow suit here at Bellerive, which is hosting the PGA Championship for the first time since 1992. 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.

Key statistic: Tiger Woods is the only player to win the PGA Championship back-to-back in stroke play. Look for the 17th (creek-guarded par 5) and 18th (tight landing fairway) to play a role in the late stages of the tournament.

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

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"Certainly, I can't do what I used to do 10, 15 years ago, but I'm still able to hit the majority of my shots, and I've had to learn a golf swing that is restricted".

'If it happens or doesn't happen through the rest of this calendar year, I'm working in the right direction, I'm doing the right things and if you get yourself in position enough, the bounces will go your way'.

"I literally haven't set foot on this golf course since that week in 2001", said Woods, following a rain interrupted practice round on Tuesday.

"I didn't get up here pre British Open and yesterday (Monday) I took the day off. I'm looking for 12 guys that will really accept the challenge ahead of us because it's been 25 years since we won in Europe".

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"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". I didn't really have those issues when I was early in my career because I didn't have a fixed point in my back. "So things are going to be different from day-to-day, and it's just about managing it".

The 14-time Major victor finished second behind Paul Casey in the Valspar Championship in March and was in contention at Bay Hill the following week before driving out of bounds on the 16th hole of the final round.

Coming off a lackluster performance in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Woods arrived in St. Louis on Sunday night, then had caddie Joe LaCava do a scouting mission at Bellerive while Woods sought to rest and rehab with the help of ice baths. I felt like I was in control of what I was doing, and that felt good.

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Woods trying something new at PGA Championship