Form Thomas ready for US PGA defence

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"So whether it will be winning the PGA or winning a regular Tour event, it would be sort of the next step".

Koepka has won the last two U.S. Opens.

"The WGC win gave me calm and conviction", he said. "To be part of it would be really special".

Winner's share: TBA ($1.89 million in 2017).

Whatever your preferred slogan, it's time again for the PGA Championship, and time to see who captures the season's last major. Rory McIlroy finished top-five at The Open just a few short weeks ago, and Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead heading into Sunday at the same event.

Jim Furyk said he didn't request the pairing.

DeChambeau, Schauffele and Finau have never played in either the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and three-time major victor Jordan Spieth have enough points to all-but secure spots.

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One of the subplots at Bellerive is Woods' chances of securing a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Matt Kuchar, who has made eight consecutive US teams, is 12th in the standings and in need of some good showings in the weeks ahead to be part of the team that will travel to the 42nd Ryder Cup Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National outside Paris. Furyk will make three captain's selections following the completion of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston, Sept. 3, and a final pick after the completion of the BMW Championship, a week later. You want the guys who are in good form.

As for the back, Rose said a joint tightened up last week and that he could have played through it had it been the end of the season. "We were here after parking like in easily under an hour", says Andrea Travers. "We know what side Bryson is on compared to the rest of us".

"So I've done well, I'm slowly getting back up the world rankings". But as pop-up storms dogged the area for much of the day, Thomas wasn't able to get out onto the course at all.

Rory McIlroy's only complaint about his season is that he's not winning enough.

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While fans can get pictures and autographs from the players, Volunteers paid $175 to get a lot of extra perks. I did a lot of clinics around the country and tried to raise money for the local areas and try to bring awareness... So trying to interpret whether he's done enough or not done enough is a position that I don't have to put myself in now'. I think there was like a couple of clubs that I might have needed one, but it was all right.

Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson now occupy the other automatic qualifying berths for what promises to be one of the strongest American teams ever assembled, with Fowler the only one of the top eight without a major title. He is an assistant captain, and will most likely also be a player on the 12-man team at Le National from September 28-30. He would join Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen in the feat with a victory.

"I think he's in a place where he's contending every week and as a player you go through spells where you don't quite get over the line", Bjorn said ahead of the US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club this week. He's learning what you have to do on the back nine of a major on Sunday. "With the rough, it's going to be hard to make birdies from the rough, and being this soft, I assume it's going to be a pretty low score that's going to win this thing". Not the Australian PGA - which should be - but THE PGA, the one being held this week in Missouri?

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