The PGA Championship tees off from Bethpage Black in just under 24 hours.
Tiger Woods enters the tournament as one of the favorites, coming off of his historic Masters performance earlier this season. It was the first major victory for Tiger in over a decade and put him back on pace to challenge Jack Nicklaus for the most major titles of all-time.
Before Thursday’s round kicks off, Tiger made an interesting decision.
Woods decided to skip his practice round on Wednesday in order to rest before the tournament begins.
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) May 15, 2019
Woods made it clear he plans to rest more throughout the 2019 season. He revealed the 2018 season took a toll on him before the Ryder Cup – where he said he had nothing left in the tank.
So it’s not surprising to see him take an extra day to get ready before one of the four biggest tournaments of the year.
Tiger also has a history at Bethpage Black, winning the 2002 U.S. Open. He also competed in the 2009 U.S. Open, finishing in a tie for sixth place.
Woods suffered through injury at the 2012 Barclays which was also played at Bethpage.
Defending PGA champion Brooks Koepka is the favorite to win the title, followed closely behind by Tiger and Rory McIlroy.