San Francisco, August 10
Tiger Woods doesn’t understand how the unusual, compressed schedule will have an effect on him for the remainder of the yr.
Then once more, nobody else does, both.
“No one has ever experienced this, having a shutdown during the year,” Woods stated as he regarded forward to the FedEx Cup playoffs that will probably be adopted two weeks later by the US Open.
“It is very different. This is unlike any other year that we’ve ever experienced in golf.”
Woods shot a 3-under 67 on Sunday within the last spherical of the PGA Championship to complete the event at minus-1 — 10 strokes behind chief Dustin Johnson as he waited to tee off.
Woods will take subsequent week off earlier than the three-week stretch of the playoffs that start exterior of Boston on August 20; the US Open, which was postponed from June, will probably be two weeks after the tour championship.
Although the schedule is new for everybody, it will likely be a particular problem for Woods, who at 44 has a balky again and hasn’t performed on back-to-back weekends for the reason that President’s Cup in December.
“We’ve been training for that. Trying to get my strength and endurance up to that ability to making sure that I can handle that type of workload,” Woods stated.
“We’ll be pushing it hard to make sure that I can stay strong and have the endurance to keep on going.”
Woods struggled at TPC Harding Park for the primary three rounds earlier than placing collectively a strong spherical on Sunday, when he was already out of competition. He had 5 birdies and two bogeys, together with a 5 on the par-4 18th gap that left him signing for a 67.
If solely it had occurred sooner.
“If I would have made a few more putts on Friday early on, and the same thing with Saturday, I felt like I would have been right there with a chance come today,” he stated.
“It didn’t happen, but I fought hard, and today was more indicative of how I could have played on Friday and Saturday if I would have made a few putts early.”
Rory McIlroy took exception to some feedback by two-time defending PGA champion Brooks Koepka and got here to the defence of third-round chief Dustin Johnson.
Koepka, a four-time main winner, was two strokes off the lead after Saturday’s spherical when he stated he likes his possibilities as a result of “A lot of the guys on the leaderboard, I don’t think have won (a major). I guess DJ’s only won one.”
It was the “only” that irked McIlroy. Asked concerning the feedback on Sunday, he stated Koepka’s perspective reveals “a very different mentality to bring to golf that I don’t think a lot of golfers have.”
“I certainly try to respect everyone out here. Everyone is a great player. If you’ve won a major championship, you’re a hell of a player,” stated McIlroy, who has gained 4.
“Doesn’t mean you’ve only won one; you’ve won one, and you’ve had to do a lot of good things to do that.”
Koepka has gained 4 majors and 7 tournaments in all. Johnson has gained 21 occasions.
“Sort of hard to knock a guy that’s got 21 wins on the PGA Tour, which is three times what Brooks has,” McIlroy stated.
A much bigger downside for Koepka than his mouth: He rapidly took himself out of competition on Sunday, taking pictures Four over on the entrance 9.
Byeong Hun An made the primary hole-in-one of the event, touchdown his tee shot on No. 11 about 15 ft from the outlet earlier than it bounced a number of instances and rolled the final three ft.
Usually golfers determine they landed an ace from the cheering galleries. But with no spectators allowed at TPC Harding Park due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was the scream of a lone volunteer that received the message to An on the tee field 189 yards away.
He belatedly threw up his arms in celebration and had a chuckle with taking part in accomplice Sepp Straka.
“Judging by his reaction, it’s got to be,” Straka stated.
Tiger Woods was one group forward of the twosome and had simply teed off on No. 12; he missed the commotion whereas concentrating on his drive. But he had an opportunity to meet up with An later within the spherical.
“We got a chance to say congratulations to Ben,” Woods stated. “And he owes a round to all of us.” — AP