He followed that with three rounds in the 70s at the Bridgestone Invitational last week, leaving him a full 20 shots off the pace - and outside the top 20 for the eighth consecutive event.
Woods himself came back to competitive golf at the end of past year with low expectations and a desire simply to play pain-free which he believes he has now achieved. "I just need to be able to do that", Woods said. The only thing I haven't done is win enough.
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.
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. "Yesterday I spent a few times in the ice bath just trying to get some inflammation down and just trying to get ready for the rest of the week".
Davis Love III will join a select group led by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player when he participates in his 100th major championship this weekend in St. Louis.
That noise? It's softened considerably during the previous year, and the spotlight that accompanied him to Quail Hallow shines a little less brightly on Spieth in St. Louis. "He just had his fourth back surgery, so to get to this point is a phenomenal achievement already".
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Lee kept a low profile after his release in February but has been emerging in his public role in recent weeks. The plan, for instance, will boost Samsung's global roster of advanced AI researchers to 1,000.
There are seemingly more monstrous names every time I put my list of who I think will win any given major together, and this year's PGA Championship is no different. He's not a insane popular pick among the analysts, but he's proven at the U.S. Open to not be discounted.
"I've had a good run of putting myself in contention in a lot of events and a lot of the big events, and it just so far hasn't happened", Fleetwood said.
"It's really fun", Spieth said, "when you get a chance to play in front of family".
Even Woods will have to re-learn have to win Majors and McIlroy is nothing but impressed by the 14-time Major winner's recovery from injury. At the end of the day, a lot of careers are defined on major championships. "I would like to compete in some more Majors".
He was asked if he would take a year that included a major championship and a dozen missed cuts or the kind of consistency he has shown this year.
"It will always be circled to complete the career Grand Slam, which will ultimately achieve a life-long goal for me, so certainly emphasis in my head on it, but nothing overpowering", Spieth said.