Woods trying something new at PGA Championship

But they aren't the reasons Day is desperate to hoist the trophy at Missouri's Bellerive Country Club this week.

The 42-year-old took Monday off to rest following a disappointing weekend at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and he played only five holes of practice at Bellerive on Tuesday before the players were forced back to the clubhouse by thunderstorms. I've given myself a lot of chances.

Asked when he first started feeling "comfortable" playing in majors, Love said, "Probably from '97 on, it was a little easier, but you're never really comfortable". "But there's a few family members that have traveled from St. Louis and seen me play before, but there will be quite a few out that haven't that get the opportunity here, which is really cool".

"It's just that there's going to be certain days that I'm just not going to have the speed and flexibility and the movement that I once did, " Woods said.

His wedge play, especially inside 100 yards, is a glaring weakness in his game and while he's working hard to improve, he feels his swing is close to where it was in 2014 with the proviso that his body is now different. So things are going to be different from day to day, and it's just about managing it.

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Perhaps the lack of preparation will do Woods some good as everyone in the field is faced with the same situation this week.

But on Tuesday it was Thomas Bjorn, with four captain's picks for his European squad to take on the United States in Paris next month, who was quizzed about Woods.

The Holywood star has won two US PGA titles since 2012 and he knows that if he continues to put himself in contention as he has done all season, the door may finally open for him at Bellerive Country Club where "quintessential target golf" will be the order of the day. Only 13 players from that tournament are in the field; Woods missed it due to knee surgery he had that year after winning the U.S. Open. That obviously comes out more when you are under pressure.

"To go from missing the cut in the US Open to contending and at one point leading the Open on the back nine, it felt good. It's going to be hot, it's going to be wet, and fortunately I'm one of the guys who hit the ball high and get the ball up in the air, and you just need to get the ball out there".

A visit to Bellerive does not trigger happy memories for Woods, though, with injury and tragedy having conspired to keep him from challenging the leafy parkland course. This will be his 19th appearance in the tournament he has won four times.

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