Tiger Woods will be looking to get rid of rust and win a second straight victory at Bethpage Black.
Ryan Fox expects Tiger Woods' mania to be complete at Bethpage Black over the next four days and hopes to imbibe this great atmosphere as he follows the big winner at 15. times during at least half of that time.
The best New Zealand golfer, and the world No. 84, will have a pretty decent look at Tiger's latest wave of obsession when he plays in the group just behind the new Masters champion for the first 36 PGA Championship holes, the second major year that starts late Thursday and Friday morning (local time).
And while this should present its challenges, given the expected size of the galleries and their likely twitchy nature following Woods on the Bethpage course, Fox said Things he does not anticipate negative consequences for his group, a place behind. They take off at 12:35 pm on Friday (NZT).
"I had it at the Carnoustie Open last year, and it 's certainly a different experience to have a huge crowd and none of them are n & #' s. It's here to watch you, "said Kiwi, 32, who will play his seventh major. "I'm sure it will probably be even noisier Thursday and Friday (UST), with a huge buzz around Tiger now after the Masters.
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"It's great for golf. New York fans are known for their loud sound. If you put yourself on the wrong side, they can also be a little mean. It will definitely be an experience to play behind Tiger in this regard.
"It's probably a lot better than playing in front of you.You still have public experience but you're not too afraid that people are trying to get in position to watch Tiger's shot." who I've talked to always talks about it's better to play with him or behind him than to play in front of him.
"But it will be cool to really be part of this experience."
Fox's attitude to a tournament that he regards as a broom after playing so little golf in recent months, after his wedding in March, is basically riding with everything he's got. meet and do their best to enjoy it.
To this extent, he even sees a potential advantage to play in the group behind Woods' glamorous trio, defending champion Brooks Koepka and winner of the British Open 2018, Francesco Molinari.
"I do not worry too much about that," he says Things. "Crowds do not bother me and you can consider that as a benefit.The difficult situation is here this week and if you have 20,000 people as a result of a group, you are certain to lose it a bit.
"You could get away with a weird starter here or there that you will not get if you are one of the first groups.I do not have the intention of going to the next. action, but if that happens, work in your favor. "
Fox and Woods share a common point for this tournament. Both come with very little golf under their belt.
Woods has not played any tournament for 30 days after the emotional and physical toll of his Masters win.
The Kiwi has only organized two tournaments since the New Zealand Open in early March and admits that it goes far too bad for his taste.
Of course, Woods has recently played at a very high level, but experts suggest he may have trouble matching his master's exploits to Bethpage's testing.
Fox, however, gives Woods a decent chance to play at least one course that suits his versatile game.
"It's a difficult race for him because he has not played in the tournament for four weeks either," said Fox. "He's probably handling that a little better and is more used to it than me, but he must feel a bit rusty and I'm sure Masters has taken it a lot.
"But Bethpage is a course he had won before, a golf course that focuses on good iron games, especially long iron games, and is the best player in the world since long, and arguably the best of all time.
"It's a course that should suit him and he should have good vibrations here." "I'd certainly expect it to be here." Nothing has been gained, it's not a problem. is a challenging golf course, and if you have a bad day and get some poor lies that will bite you hard enough.
"But I hope he's playing well.It's good for golf when he shoots and I'm sure he's around during the week, it will be pretty crazy. "