Quick look at the PGA Championship

Quick look at the PGA Championship

Other contenders further down the odds to win the PGA Championship include Rickie Fowler (+2200), Justin Rose (+2200), Jon Rahm (+2500), Tiger Woods (+2800), Tommy Fleetwood (+2800), Francesco Molinari (+3300) and Patrick Reed (+3500).

Davis Love III joins an elite club this week at the PGA Championship, as he makes his 100th major appearance.

After seeing fellow American Brooks Koepka repeat as champion in the U.S. Open earlier this year, it is not out of the question for Thomas to follow suit here at Bellerive, which is hosting the PGA Championship for the first time since 1992. "I'm glad that this generation of players gets to experience Tiger Woods, because that's what they need".

"I feel like I'm close and closing in", said the world number 11.

"If you're able to hit the ball well and put the ball in the right sections, you'll see a bunch of birdies".

At any golf tournament Rory McIlroy, a charismatic four-time major victor, is the main attraction except when Woods is also competing and then the Northern Irishman is left to handicap the American's chances as much as his own. It's important to keep things in perspective and realize that, you know, you could win five times in a year and not win a major, and some people would think, "Well, you haven't won a major" - for some of the elite golfers, anyway. He had to learn how to swing.

McIlroy ended an 18-month drought when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, and he would have expected more at this point.

Woods himself came back to competitive golf at the end of a year ago with low expectations and a desire simply to play pain-free which he believes he has now achieved.

"That's the hardest thing. now, I'm tearing up". I played in a lot of final groups and I haven't played well enough when it's counted.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth will make his second try at completing a Career Grand Slam after sharing 28th past year at Quail Hollow.

When is Tiger Woods playing today?

"It's part of the plan, and it's part of my career, hopefully, to have a couple of majors by the end of my career".

"It's a great position to be in", said McIlroy, who needs the Masters to complete his own Career Slam. "Yesterday I spent a few times in the ice bath just trying to get some inflammation down and just trying to get ready for the rest of the week".

That could reduce some edge for big hitters. "I'm 42 now and I've had four back surgeries".

Bumpy greens could be a concern, Woods said.