Woods ready to return to work

Woods tied for 32nd at Augusta National, while McIlroy squandered a chance to complete the career grand slam after starting the final round in second place behind eventual champion Reed. They'll go off at 12:50 p.m. ET on Thursday and 7:40 a.m. on Friday. This year's event, as opposed to last, is being played at Quail Hollow Club.

Peterson, 29, is playing on what the PGA Tour call a "medical extension" after having hand surgery two years ago. The course is a 7,554-yard par 71 that demands length and accuracy off the tee. Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship last summer at Quail Hollow.

McIlroy also was at the PGA Championship, even if it didn't feel like the same Quail Hollow. Longer rough and faster greens at the PGA Championship caused guys like Phil, Rose, and Bubba to miss the cut. Don't let that get you down on him. He was one shot out of the lead with three holes to play at Bay Hill until hitting his tee shot out-of-bounds.

In what was one of the most unlikely finishes in PGA Tour history, Ernst, a 22-year-old ranked 1,207th in the Official World Golf Ranking at the time, won in a playoff.

The good news? Andrea said yes, and the couple shared a hug with the PGA Tour pro. Additionally, Quail Hollow is one of Tiger's favorite courses and he should be motivated to bounce back after his latest outing.

Woods was six shots behind after a day in which he struggled to get his speed right on the greens. He said: 'When you're not playing well and you have a 6-iron, are you trying to make birdie?

The course set-up this week will be more forgiving than it was when Thomas won last August, with more grass around the greens expected to offer better lies for chip shots.

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As mentioned previously, there's a really, really strong field teeing it up this week.

After three weeks off, Rory McIlroy returns to action at a venue that's been incredibly kind to him over the years. And Tiger, of course.

Sky Bet go 9/4 about both teams scoring and Liverpool winning, which is very appealing, while I wouldn't put anyone off a wager on another 2-1 away win for Klopp's side at 9/1 generally.

Another surprise: Brian Harman, the 2017 champion, doesn't sniff the top 20. "(The Wells Fargo) was extremely gratifying just because it had been been so long and I had been playing really well and knocking on the door.

The 14-time major victor has not played since finishing tied for 32nd at Augusta National last month, and returns to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina this week for the first time since 2012. I mentioned early in the season I expect him to get a win at some point this year, and I do not want to miss out.

This isn't about the week-to-week challenges Tiger may face so much as it is finding a realistic standard that would allow some sort of meaningful comparison when you consider that now the top 10 players in the World Golf Ranking have won a combined 12 major titles to Woods' 14.

He goes in as 8/1 favourite this week and it is hard to look past him as the likeliest victor given his love affair with the venue.

  • Regina Holmes