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Faldo demands lowered expectations for Woods at Bethpage

Faldo demands lowered expectations for Woods at Bethpage

"Unfortunately, I will be withdrawing from the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this week as my wrist is not yet fully healed", Thomas posted on Twitter.

Woods is referring to the famous incident in 2008 when he won the U.S. Open with stress fractures to his tibia, and only two days before ACL surgery. Woods is now the favorite at 8:1.

It seems a certainty that Bethpage will play soft for much of the week, which means the long 7,432-yard par 70 will play even longer.

Woods won the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage, which featured a steady rain in the second round and an hour delay for rain in the final round. He also played the 2012 Barclays here, where he tied for 38th. He battled hard for a top 10 at Augusta when not at his best, won the Zurich Classic and has a course which should play into his hands. "You need to drink a little bit with us'".

"I haven't played competitively the week before a Major for a while so this will be interesting seeing how that goes. The body doesn't respond like it used to, doesn't bounce back quite as well, so I've got to be aware of that".

Two courses that caught my eye were Doral and Torrey Pines. "We did a lot of work around the greens, which was nice". Tiger has dominated that course.

Woods had fallen to 1,199th in the world rankings in December 2017 after spinal fusion surgery as a last-ditch move to ease nagging back pain that made simple movements hard. Rory McIlroy is right behind that trio at 10-1 and Rickie Fowler (16-1), Jon Rahm (16-1) and Rose (18-1) are all shorter than 20-1.




So, a second big-hitting American and, in this case, an absolute monster. "We know that with every win, the energy level will get amped up".

Fifty players are averaging 300 yards or more on the PGA Tour this year.

DJ is the scariest of the big names for me.

With a game that matches up well with the course and a consistent record of producing at the majors, the stage is perfectly set for Koepka to outshine Woods and retain the title. He has the most potential to wreck betting cards this week. "I'm not going to say it was just like old times, no", he said. "I know you guys have been just pounded the last couple weeks and this weekend". Only twice did he intentionally not play between majors. "I'm looking at him thinking 'you're insane, man'".

The last man to use a buggy during a major was Casey Martin, in both the 1998 and 2012 US Opens.

The mid-tier range is always my favorite to target for majors thanks to the value we typically see.

With that brief history and description of what to expect at Bethpage Black for the 101st PGA Championship, let's dig in to this weeks expanded rankings.

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