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Thomas Eyes PGA Championship Title Defense Alongside Woods and McIlroy

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Justin Thomas holds the Gary Player Cup after winning the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, OH Sunday, August 5, 2018. Photo: Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer

By Nick Butler |

American Justin Thomas will begin his Professional Golf Association (PGA) Championship defense alongside Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis tomorrow.

Thomas will enter in good form after victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week.

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy has not won a major since the 2014 US PGA Championships title, which marked his second win in the event following a 2012 success.

But he also enters playing well after a joint runner-up finish at the recent British Open.

Woods, meanwhile, is a four-time US PGA winner in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007.

The American will return to the Bellerive course for the first time since he was practicing in the Missouri city before the 2001 WGC-AMEX Championship on September 11, when he heard of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C.

Jordan Spieth is also bidding to become only the sixth golfer to win all four majors with a PGA Championship success.

World number one Dustin Johnson will also spearhead a strong home challenge.

England’s world number three and Olympic champion Justin Rose and Italy’s British Open winner Francesco Molinari are other contenders.

Action will start tomorrow and continue until Sunday (August 17).

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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