Diversity remains golf's biggest challenge, says PGA of America CEO

Diversity remains golf's biggest challenge, says PGA of America CEO

Diversity remains golf's biggest challenge, says PGA of America CEO

Justin Thomas is back to defend his title, Jordan Spieth is trying to complete his career Grand Slam, and fan favorites such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy should provide plenty of roars around the course.

Only three players are exempt from that - Patrick Reed, who won the Masters, Brooks Koepka, who won the U.S. Open and Francesco Molinari, who won the British Open last week. "He's shown over the past few years that he's mentally very good, so I'm sure he won't have a problem".

"The only thing I haven't done is win enough".

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 something you have to sort of ease through and learn how to manage your time (because) you're basically playing a practice round like you're playing a in a final group on Sunday".

Justin Rose says the back pain that forced him to withdraw from last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational shouldn't pose a problem for him at the PGA Championship. "I can still make it a great year".

Marc Leishman is next best of the Australians at two under midway through his round, while former world No.1 Adam Scott is a shot back at one under.

"I might put a few noses out of joint by saying, but in my opinion, (he's) the best player that's ever played the game", said Bjørn. I'm 42 now and I've had four back surgeries.

"Today we only got in five holes and didn't really get a chance to see a whole lot, so I'll have to do some more homework tomorrow and get a good feel for what's going on for the rest of the week".

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is a player who's seemingly in contention every week, yet he's still searching for his first victory on US soil and his first major championship.

Day won the PGA Championship three years ago at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

"The grip-it-and-rip-it approach is probably closer to how I play every week anyway".

Majors are always compelling, but with the sport so deep with talent right now, there's just something a little extra special knowing that any number of about 30 guys could easily win.

"A lot of careers are defined on major championships".

For most of the day Fowler had ruled the leaderboard after launching his quest for his first major with a 65 but could only watch as Woodland mounted an unexpected charge.

McIlroy is a two-time victor of the PGA Championship, the last one in 2014 at Valhalla.

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