Westwood thinks Woods is the man to beat at Bethpage

Westwood thinks Woods is the man to beat at Bethpage

Westwood thinks Woods is the man to beat at Bethpage

Woods is now the oddsmakers' favorite (8-1) to win the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, where he won the U.S. Open in 2002 and finished T4 in 2009.

Adducci placed the bet Wednesday with the William Hill Sportsbook, the same book where he made his $85,000 bet on Woods to win the Masters at 14-1 odds, a wager he claims was his first sports bet.

The single season accomplishment of winning the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open, and British Open in the same year has still yet to be achieved.

On the Tuesday of PGA Championship week at Quail Hollow, then-PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua announced the tournament would move from the August slot to a May date, beginning in 2019. Woods now has 15 major titles in his career, including four PGA Championships. But that was the U.S. Open, the British Open, the U.S. Amateur, and the British Open.

With the golf world wondering if he has enough high-level golf in him to match Mr. Nicklaus' record of 18 majors, Mr. Woods left a clue as to his aspirations, calling his recent Masters experience "certainly one of the highest that I've accomplished so far in my life on the golf course". He began his Bethpage Black preparations last week.

Tee times are flipped on the second day, so those who play the first round early play the second round late and vice-versa.

"Well class is permanent, that's what they always say, and he proved it (at Augusta)", Westwood said of Woods.

Woods was the last man to successfully defend the US PGA title with his victory at Southern Hills, but Koepka's consistency at the world's biggest events makes him a clear candidate to lift the Wanamaker Trophy for the second straight year after his triumph at Bellerive in 2018. If it pays off, Adducci will win $10 million.

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Rahm, coming off victory in the two-man teams event at the Zurich Classic, is tipped to win a major sooner or later.

"Everybody loves a comeback, don't they, especially when it's somebody that's a little older in years, because the advantage we have of being old is people have been watching us for a long time", he added.

Over the Black Course at Bethpage, the public course that has a sign warning that it is "extremely difficult" and recommended "only for highly-skilled golfers", he led from start to finish when winning the 2002 US Open. "That was awesome. It's a tall order".

But big, brawny Bethpage, a 7,459-yard course in Farmingdale on Long Island, is arguably less suited for his 43-year-old game than the other major venues this year.

The PGA Tour played the Black at par-71, and Nick Watney opened with a 65, scored 10 under overall and prevailed by three shots over Brandt Snedeker. "I think he's swinging better than he has ever swung before".

Adducci is just looking for that kind of history to repeat itself. Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson tied for third.

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