Faldo demands lowered expectations for Woods at Bethpage

Faldo demands lowered expectations for Woods at Bethpage

Javier Howell
May 13, 2019

James Adducci, a 39-year-old man from Wisconsin who pocketed $1.19 million after betting on Tiger Woods to win the Masters, has bet $100,000 of his winnings on Tiger completing a Grand Slam, according to Golf Digest's Stephen Hennessey. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Woods, a four-time champion, reigning Masters victor, and the top Vegas favorite, doesn't even crack the top five.

The second major of 2019 is being held at the Bethpage Black Course on Long Island in NY, a venue renowned for its fearsome difficulty.

The 101st PGA Championship is going to feature a handful of must-watch groups that include fan favorites and past major winners.

Woods' Masters triumph was the 15th major title of his career.

Woods will not win the next three major championships. Apart from popping up in his green jacket at his own restaurant in Florida, or accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom from current White House incumbent Donald Trump, Tiger has rarely been seen since his astonishing comeback victory at the Masters last month.

"If he hits it in the rough at Bethpage Black he will not be able to scramble like he did at Augusta".

New Yorkers and their beloved state-run golf course - the first truly public course to host a major championship - will be as much the star as most of the players not named Woods or Mickelson - the latter having become a beloved figure in the Empire State. In two major tournaments held at Bethpage, only six players have finished under par.

"If he stays healthy, the rest of the players, they know he's out there now".

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There is probably no halting the hysteria that will greet Tiger Woods when he steps back inside the ropes at the US PGA Championship in NY this week - but Sir Nick Faldo has at least tried to inject a dose of reason.

Additionally, I think it's clear that Mr. Woods is highly motivated to win this event. Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari tee off at 8:24 a.m. on Thursday.

Another factor plays heavily into Woods's hands: he has won at Bethpage before, in the US Open of 2002.

The decision to shift the PGA came two years ago as part of a revamp of the global golf calendar, when Woods was still recovering from the spinal fusion surgery that would end his nagging back injuries and allow him to return to elite golf success. The 15-time major champion will therefore command the majority of the attention as he looks to take another step towards breaking Jack Nicklaus' record for major wins.

The 2018 PGA Championship was played not too far outside of St. Louis at Bellerive Country Club. The 53-year-old former champion requested to use a cart, which the PGA of America approved under its American with Disabilities Act guidelines.

"This place is just something special in so many ways", Woods said in 2009. "I think Bethpage is one of those kind of awesome miracles". Tiger does have what we know as the "Tiger Slam", holding all four majors but it is going to be an uphill task for him as well.

Adducci is just looking for that kind of history to repeat itself.