100TH PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Tiger takes a bath to get body ready

Justin Thomas dedicated his win to former PGA Tour player Jarrod Lyle who is battling cancer for the third time

GETTY IMAGES Justin Thomas dedicated his win to former PGA Tour player Jarrod Lyle who is battling cancer for the third time

Getty Dustin Johnson is the favorite this weekend at the PGA Championship.

The PGA marks the final week of qualifying for the USA squad.

Woods went out with Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and J.B. Holmes in the afternoon for a frenzied practice round that already had a big major feel.

But US captain Jim Furyk makes four captain's picks next month and Woods figures to be a prime contender for one of them, according to Love, the US captain in 2012 and 2016. Any mention of Thomas included that he was "Jordan Spieth's buddy". Others, not so much.

The shakiest positions are those of Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, now in 7th and 8th, respectively, who will have to keep watch for Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau behind them.

Points are based on every $1,000 a player makes in PGA Tour earnings, with double points for the victor of the PGA Championship, and 1 1/2 points for everyone else. The course has a total of four par 3's, with two on each nine, and two par 5's, also with one on each nine. But for him and the other players who were preparing for a golf tournament that September, they will always remember the one that never took place. It's like there's two scoreboards - one for playing and one you're checking out the guys around you. Last week Rory was playing a driver and seven iron into the 16 hole that was playing at 648 yards... real yards, albeit all downhill. 9, 10 and 11 played.

The 54-year-old struggled with injuries in recent years and underwent hip replacement surgery last November, but made his 756th PGA Tour appearance at the Barbasol Championship in July.

Skinny: Lefty would allow Furyk more flexibility if he qualified on his own.

Rose admitted it's a different way to approach a major championship, but the victor of the 2013 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills has been in enough of those that he knows what to expect. So that's how he earned the majority of his points. "I'm glad that this generation of players gets to experience Tiger Woods, because that's what they need".

Skinny: Mr. Reliable has plenty of team experience, but 2018 has been his worst year in almost a decade. He'd be a steady hand when paired with an unproven rookie.

Nicklaus needed just three tries after winning the PGA in '63 to win his first British Open, and Player likewise needed three tries after the '65 U.S. Open to win his first British.

As New Yorkers know, May is quite early for golf courses in our area to be in pristine shape to host any tournament, let alone a major championship.

Skinny: Stanley has emerged from the abyss to challenge for an automatic spot or even a pick. That was three tournaments ago.

He certainly didn't have to endure the questions that followed Arnold Palmer, who tried for more than three decades to finish the Slam at the PGA, or Tom Watson, or spent 24 years chasing it.

"Obviously, to see Francesco winning The Open was a fantastic moment for Francesco, but when you sit on the sidelines as captain, you want to see guys do well in the big championships", Bjorn said. He looked as if he might be turning the corner at the British Open last month when he shot 65 on Saturday to surge into contention, but a birdie-less Sunday and final-round 76 dropped him to the wayside.

The former world number one was only weeks into his latest comeback in January when he brought up the subject of playing with Furyk, who wanted him early on as a vice-captain. A couple of good results could go a long way for Kiz. "The fact of the matter is it's hard to win". As long as he remains upright and somewhat competitive over the next month, he'll be turning in his assistant's walkie-talkie in exchange for a team bag.

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