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Tiger Woods warms up for PGA Championship

Tiger Woods has now warmed up properly for the final major of the year, the US PGA Championship, by winning in Ohio in the Bridgestone Invitational. The American will hope to win his first major since he won the US Open in 2008 after he has not been on form recently, despite being the current world number one. This year’s three majors so far has resulted in not either of the world’s top two golfers, Tiger Woods or his main rival Rory McIlroy, winning any of them. This is the last chance for both players to win major glory this year as the US PGA Championship starts in 3 days.

Rory McIlroy was thought to be one of the big contenders for this season’s majors as his name was quickly rising in the sport with him being a former number one. However, the Irishman has recently performed extremely disappointingly following his transfer of contract from Titleist to Nike. The move must have thrown the former world number one off form as he has underperformed not finishing anywhere in the top 3 contending for a major title. Therefore, this is the perfect time for Tiger Woods to shine, but he seems to be struggling too.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are far from impressing

Tiger Woods’ name is arguably the most well-known name in golf after he was possibly the best golfer ever in his day, but now he has fallen off form and is not winning tournaments or majors as much as he used to. Nevertheless, Tiger Woods has prepared well for this year’s US PGA Championship as he has won the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio very convincingly ahead of fellow American Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson. Tiger Woods was going into the final round with a very healthy lead and managed to win the tournament by 7 shots, completely dominating the rest of the field.

This year, Rory McIlroy is planning to defend his US PGA Championship as he won it last year, yet considering the form the Irishman is in, it is doubtful that he will retain the title. Furthermore, Tiger Woods will be looking to win it for a fifth time and the first time since 2007, despite him also being off form. There will be tough competition from this year’s major winners, Adam Scott (won the Masters), Justin Rose (won the US Open) and Phil Mickelson (the Open Championship), but if Woods plays like he did at the weekend, he should have no problem claiming the victory.

This is the 8th time Woods has won in Ohio and after his triumph he commented, “I don’t know what it is about this place, it just fits my eye. I felt good about my game all week. This is five wins now so it’s turning into a good season. I’m really looking forward to the US PGA. I feel like my game is pretty consistent. Today I was conservative, just trying to make pars. The conditions were blustery and tough and it was hard to shoot a low number but it was easy to shoot a number around par.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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