St. Louis - Tiger Woods reckons Bellerive Country Club is suited to big
hitters and that the tour’s big guns have the best chance of victory at this
weekend’s US PGA Championship thanks to the soft, wet conditions forecast for
the year's final major.
Heavy rain in the last couple of days in St Louis, Missouri,
mean that drives will not travel far on the 7 300 yard plus course giving long
drivers such as Justin Thomas, Jason Day and two-time winner Rory McIlroy an
"It's playing so soft ... you need to get the ball out
there," Woods said.
"The ball is just plugging (when it lands), and if
anything, it favours a guy who hits the ball high because we're not going to
get any run.
"Fortunately, I'm one of the guys who hits the ball
2012 and 2014 champion McIlroy said that Bellerive is almost
identical to Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, the site of the Northern
Irishman’s win four years ago.
"With the weather, it does remind me of Valhalla, where
there's a lot of mounding and it's a big, long golf course," McIlroy said.
Other contenders include Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson,
who have three victories apiece this year, while Australia’s former world No.1
and 2015 champion Day has two wins.
Jordan Spieth, who could complete a career grand slam should
he win, was also aware how driving could hold the key to victory.
"There are some meaty holes out there where you really
have to drive the ball well and hit a good long iron into the green,"
Form would suggest that the 25-year-old will struggle to
achieve what only five other golfers have done, but Spieth added that he was
not too worried about being written off before a ball has been hit.
"I like to come in in form, so in some sense I feel
under the radar," Spieth said.
"I've kind of felt that way a lot this year, I don't mind