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Davis Love III will join a select group led by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player when he participates in his 100th major championship this weekend in St. Louis.

PGA of America allowed players to wear shorts during practice rounds, but they must return to pants when the PGA Championship begins. "My knee used to hurt a lot, but I could play around that".

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy were among those playing as soon as the course was open for play.

If Tiger Woods' Wednesday practice round was any indication, the atmosphere at this week's PGA Championship is going to be absolutely nuts.

Just don't get the idea the 29-year-old McIlroy is down on himself.

Bevacqua said the organization decided a couple years ago its current headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens no longer fit the bill.

The PGA Championship is the first time Woods has been back at Bellerive since 2001. That also was the last of his four majors.

Once the 2017-18 season is over, all attention will shift to the Ryder Cup.

That's because Woods thinks he can still make the top eight and earn an automatic spot.

Last month's Open Championship at Carnoustie provided the latest glimpse into Spieth's brilliance and flaws.

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Woods last played in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in 2015, when he missed the cut in the PGA for the second year in a row.

But 51st-ranked Woods hasn't seen Bellerive in 17 years so nine holes of practice each day will be critical in his search for an 80th career victory and first in any event in five years.

"I hit some balls today and felt absolutely fine and really comfortable with my swing and the way it's moving", he said. "I don't want to talk", the PGA's chief championship officer said from a podium.

He had already won five times that PGA Tour season and was the No. 1 golfer in the world. I will give two players to target from the $11K-$13K, two targets from the $9K-$11K range, and two from the $8-9K range. It'll be hot in St. Louis, with storylines aplenty, so let's run down the various scenarios.

He won the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow (Spieth was among those who hung around to share in the moment) added a FedEx Cup playoff event (Spieth was the runner-up), captured the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus and swept all the big awards, just like Spieth had done two years earlier. And while Spieth acknowledged Tuesday that the change will help with the overall calendar flow, he also pointed out another benefit: the weather. Spieth has gone more than a year without winning.

"I go back to the way I looked at it, if I was a captain (he did so twice), you're looking to make pairings, and everybody on the team wants to play with Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods or some veteran player who has done it a lot". The course previously served as host of the 1992 PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has pulled out on the eve of the tournament with a back injury.

Justin Thomas is entering the tournament off recently winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and is the reigning victor of the 2017 PGA Championship. Webb Simpson holds the eighth spot by 49 points over Bryson Dechambeau, but considering the fact that the victor of the PGA Championship gets 4,000 points, that's not exactly a stable lead. "So it doesn't come as a surprise to me or to the team that's going to play for the European side, but the American team is going to be great".

Now, those who tried to get on the course at Bellerive are simply soaked. Tiger Woods is 20th. Many squeezed in a practice round Monday, but almost all hoped to do the bulk of their preparation at relatively unfamiliar Bellerive on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fleetwood played with eventual champion Justin Thomas in his opening two rounds at Quail Hollow previous year and says he learned "a few things" from watching the American on the way to his first major title.

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